Bradley Davies has been ruled out of contention for selection this weekend due to a chipped bone in his neck.
Luke Charteris has been called up to the Wales tour of North America to replace Blues lock Bradley Davies, who has been forced to withdraw from this Saturday's Test against USA with a chipped bone in his neck.
Davies came off during Wales' 32- 23 victory over Canada on Saturday and a scan has revealed the injury which will see him in recovery in four to six weeks.
Dragons second row Charteris was named in caretaker head coach Robin McBryde's original training squad for the tour, but stayed in Wales to help his region's Heineken Cup play-off ambitions.
After the Dragons secured their Heineken Cup place for the 2009/2010 season with a 42-17 victory over Calvisano last weekend, Charteris automatically joined McBryde's standby list awaiting the call to international duty.
"We are all disappointed for Bradley who played well against Canada and he is a young man with a big future at this level," said McBryde.
"Hopefully he has learned from the experiences he has had already and he will remain with us in Chicago to help out behind the scenes and continue that learning proccess.
"He is up and about and well in himself and we wish him a speedy recovery as he looks to get back on the pitch in time for the beginning of the season with the Blues.
"Luke has arrived in Chicago, he is a more than able replacement and we are expecting him to slot seamlessly back into the system."
Wales U20 duo Leon Brown and Lloyd Lewis face a busy couple of weeks ahead. Not only will they have a Junior World Championship to take part in, they are both sitting A Level exams during the competition.
Wales U20 face a tough group in the Junior World Championship with France, England and Japan lying in wait but Attack coach Jason Strange and back rower Tom Phillips are looking forward to the campaign ahead.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.