Michael Owen is set to become Wales' 1,000th international when he wins
his first cap against South Africa on Saturday in Bloemfontein (Kick-
off 2.00pm BST).
The 21-year-old Pontypridd powerhouse has been handed his debut after a
highly impressive season at Sardis Road. He will feature in the back row
alongside Cardiff's Martyn Williams and skipper Colin Charvis.
Andy Marinos has ended speculation over his fitness after taking his place in
a centre partnership with Wales' British Lion Mark Taylor. Meanwhile, Dwayne Peel has been named at scrum half following the international retirement of Rob Howley.
The uncapped Pontypridd trio of Mefin Davies, Robert Sidoli and Richard Parks
are on the replacements bench alongside world record-points scorer Neil
Wales coach Steve Hansen said: "It's not just about results, it's about the performance.
"Michael Owen has been in good form and he's the type of player who doesn't make mistakes.
"He will give us a good line out option and to become the 1,000th cap is a very special honour."
Wales Team v South Africa
Kevin Morgan (Swansea); Rhys Williams (Cardiff), Mark Taylor(Swansea), Andy
Marinos (Newport), Craig Morgan (Cardiff); Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli); Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), Ben Evans (Swansea), Gareth Llewellyn (Neath), Steve Williams (Northampton),
Michael Owen (Pontypridd), Martyn Williams (Cardiff), Colin Charvis
Replacements: Mefin Davies Pontypridd), Martyn Madden (Llanelli), Robert Sidoli (Pontypridd), Richard Parks Pontypridd), Ryan Powell (Cardiff), Neil Jenkins (Cardiff), Tom Shanklin (Saracens)
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.