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."
The Welsh Rugby Union has awarded a unique 'President's Cap' to a specific group of players who represented their country between 1945 and 1979, but missed out on international recognition at the time.
Prabhat Mathema, the WRU's National Medical Manager explains the four part Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment process the IRB has devised that is being implemented throughout the Dove Men Series and in the LV= Cup this season, which includes the provision for a five minute temporary substitution to allow an assessment to take place.