Micky Steele-Bodger, President of the Barbarians, commented, "Jason was a great Barbarian tourist when he played in the unbeaten end of season tour in 2000 against Ireland, Scotland and the Premiership Champions - Leicester at Twickenham. His wealth of international experience for the British Lions and England will undoubtedly be utilised to its best potential on the Barbarians tour."
He further added, "When possible, the Barbarians would include an uncapped player against international opposition. In this year's squad we have picked the versatile Saracens second row, cum back row player, Kieran Roche."
The 22 year old, first made his club debut for Saracens against Leicester in 1998-1999, where he came on as a substitute to mark the formidable England, 1997 and 2001 Lions captain Martin Johnson. Kieran stands at 6ft 7" and was formerly a basketball player and his strength, power and handling skills have enabled him to play in all three back row positions this year. He has also represented England at many levels including England U19, England Students, England 7's and England U21.
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.