Welsh and world rugby has been rocked with the news that the Cardiff-based IRB chairman, Vernon Pugh, has had surgery to remove a cancerous kidney tumour at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Mr. Pugh is a barrister and a former Welsh Rugby Union chairman, who went to Cambridge University and played his rugby with Amman Utd and Cardiff HSOB.
Current WRU chairman Glanmor Griffiths said: "I know I speak on behalf of the whole of Welsh rugby when I wish Vernon a full and speedy recovery.
"Our thoughts are also with his family at this difficult time. Having worked with Vernon down the years I am sure his tenacious attitude to life will see him through his ordeal and he will be back running the IRB sooner rather than later."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.