There is no doubt Rob was an integral part of a prized group of players who formed the backbone of the National team over the past decade. Ieuan Evans, Robert Jones, Neil Jenkins and the two Scotts, Gibbs and Quinnell, and Rob were the ones who sustained Welsh Rugby`s world profile during that period.
To be bracketed with them is just as much an honour for Rob as it is for them to be talked of in the same breath as him.
Having toured with the Lions, represented and captained his country with distinction, he has achieved everything within the game. More than just a world rated scrum half, he remains a superb athlete and natural footballer.
The fact he is leaving the international scene is obviously a major blow and he will be missed by his fellow Welsh players. But we respect his decision; thank him for his immense contribution and wish both himself and his family the very best for the future.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.