As trhe dust settles on this season's RBS SIx Nations, it is time to assess who staked a claim for inclusion in the touring party for the Lions this summer.
STEPHEN FERRIS (Age 23, Back Row, Ireland)
• Part of the in-form Irish back row during 6 nations
• 6' 4", 17 stone, quick feet - match the Springboks back row.
Stephen Ferris has been part of the in-form Irish back row, and appears to be in strong contention for a Lions place this summer after his impressive Six Nations. Having been described by 'The Times' as the find of the tournament. At 6ft 4in and 17st-plus, Ferris can play anywhere in the back row and will more than match up to the South African back row, which will more than likely feature Juan Smith, Schalk Burger and Pierre Spies.
Ex-England and British Lion centre Jeremy Guscott acknowledged that promise of Stephen Ferris in the Sunday Times, "There are some huge candidates at blindside flanker, Steve Ferris has played well in the championship".
ROB KEARNEY (Age 22/23 on 26th March, Fullback, Ireland)
• Man of the Match vs Italy
• Shows composure well beyond his years
Rob Kearney showed all the defensive qualities of a top-class full-back, with great positional sense, wonderfully assured under the high ball and a massive boot during the 6 nations. He is also a world-class attacker, with good pace, quick feet and footballing intelligence. These qualities were demonstrated in his man of the match performance against Italy in this year's 6 nations.
Lawrence Dallaglio, former England and British Lion back row, has described Kearney as an outstanding player, and along with Lee Byrne, as the best decision maker in the Championship this year.
LUKE FITZGERALD (Age 21, Centre/Wing, Ireland)
• 2 tries vs Italy
• Top tackler vs France (13)
Two tries against Italy, and putting in the most tackles against France has put young Luke Fitzgerald into contention for a Lions place. Jeremy Guscott has said in 'The Sunday Times' "I like Fitzgerald because he has that kind of rare thing in international rugby now where you see a player and you say, "Every decision he makes is pretty intelligent. I would definitely take him".
TOM CROFT (Age 23, Back Row, England)
• Man of the Match vs France
• Further impressive display vs Scotland
Following a man of the match display by Tom Croft at Twickenham against France, in which he was outstanding amongst the forwards, former English scrum-half Dewi Morris has described him as the best in show on skysports.com. "His awareness and support play are excellent, he's a tremendous lineout forward and he's as quick as a winger to boot".
THOM EVANS (Age 23, Wing, Scotland)
• Try scorer against France
• In form winger in Scotland
• Time spent with the national Sevens set-up - has great pace and awareness of space
Thom Evans is an outsider for a wing spot following his try against France. He is the in-form winger in Scotland. He has great pace and awareness, which has caused ex-Scotland international Kenny Logan to say "he has got something about him", with Lawrence Dallaglio noticing that "every time he has got the ball for Scotland something has happened".
ALUN WYN JONES (Age 23, Lock, Wales)
• Youngest forward to captain Wales since 1934
• Top tackler vs Scotland (13)
Alun Wyn Jones made history this year as the youngest forward to captain Wales since 1934, which could bring key leadership qualities to the Lions squad. Putting his body on the line, with the highest tackle rate against Scotland, epitomises Jones as a player. Jeremy Guscott has said, "I like Alun-Wyn Jones as an athlete. He is 23, he's raw. For me he has got it all".
LEIGH HALFPENNY (Age 20, Wing, Wales)
• Try scorer against Scotland and England
• Excellent kicking game
With tries in successive games against Scotland and England, Leigh Halfpenny could have put his name into contention for a Lions place. His coach at the Cardiff Blues, Dai Young, has compared him to fellow Welshman Shane Williams. "Leigh has Shane's type of flair," he said. "Once he gets the ball you know something's going to happen".
Halfpenny has a great eye for a gap, good footwork and an excellent kicking game that would serve him well should be make the summer tour to South Africa.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
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.