Ospreys' and Wales fullback Lee Byrne has been ruled out of the remainder of the British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa having sustained an injury to his left thumb at training in Cape Town today.
After consultation with the Ospreys' medical staff he will return to their care in the next few days for further specialist opinion and treatment.
With just two matches remaining on the tour the British & Irish Lions will not call for a replacement at this stage.
Byrne said, "I am very disappointed that I got injured in training today and that my tour is over. I was recovering from my foot injury and was taking part in training when I hurt my thumb in a freak accident."
"To be ruled out of the tour at this stage with just two matches left is devastating. Returning home immediately is the right thing to do as it means I can get the right medical treatment straight away. I wish the boys all the best for the rest of the tour," added Byrne
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.