The pint-sized Cardiff Blues flyer was crocked during their Heineken Cup defeat to Stade Francais at the weekend and is now unlikely to play before the Championship kicks-off. "He has been ruled out until the week before so it will be very tight as to whether or not he makes that game," said Cardiff Coach Dai Young. "The only consolation is that it was initially feared he would be out for up to eight weeks, which would have been just frightening for both the club and Rhys. An x-ray showed there was no break but a scan has highlighted some ligament damage." Williams, 24, has already won forty caps for and scored fourteen tries for Wales though has slipped behind Newport Gwent Dragons wing Hal Luscombe in the pecking order following Mike Ruddock's arrival. The news comes just days after mop-haired prop Duncan Jones was ruled out for six weeks with a broken thumb. Better news is that his likely replacement, Gethin Jenkins, is set to return from a back strain for Cardiff against Ulster this Sunday.
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.