Dan Carter keeps a watchful eye on the All Blacks training session this afternoon.
Try scoring sensation Zac Guildford will make his New Zealand debut against Wales on Saturday in the opening clash of this autumn's Invesco Perpetual Seriesat at the Millennium Stadium. In doing so he will come face to face with former age-grade foe Leigh Halfpenny.
Guildford starred for the all conquering New Zealand Under 20s in last year's IRB Junior World Championship. He is no stranger to Blues winger Halfpenny as they have met on the international calendar on three previous occasions at age grade level.
The 20-year-old Guildford has had a stunning domestic season with Hawkes Bay, racing over for 13 tries. He is included in an All Blacks side which has made six changes to the side which brushed aside Australia 32-19 in Tokyo last weekend.
New Zealand coach Graham Henry has recalled Wyatt Crockett who has benefitted from Tony Woodcock's one-match suspension while Dan Carter is selected despite having an injury cloud hovering above him. The Canterbury Crusader has recovered from a calf problem which he picked up against the Wallabies.
There are three other changes in the All Blacks pack. Second row Jason Eaton, flanker Jerome Kaino and number eight Kieran Read are also brought in while nuggety scrum half Brendan Leonard replaces Jimmy Cowan.
New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Cory Jane; Conrad Smith, Ma Nonu; Zac Guildford; Dan Carter, Brendan Leonard; Wyatt Crockett, Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata, Brad Thorn, Jason Eaton, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read.
Replacements: C Flynn, O Franks, T Donnelly, A Thomson, J Cowan, S Donald, B Smith
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
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'.