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."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).