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
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.