Wales back row forward Gareth Delve has been banned for three weeks after being found guilty of striking an opponent.
The 26-year-old Gloucester captain was cited following an altercation with George Stowers during last weekend's Guinness Premiership defeat to London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.
Delve will now not be available for his club until October 12, meaning he will miss the Premiership games against Saracens and Leeds Carnegie the Heineken Cup pool match at home to Newport Gwent Dragons.
The suspension is bitterly disappointing for the former Bath player who had been hoping to press his claims for inclusion in Warren Gatland's matchday squads for the autumn internationals.
Delve will now only have the games against Biarritz, London Wasps and Sale Sharks to force his way into Gatland's team for the clash with New Zealand in first of those four November Tests.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose
WRUTV caught up with Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor at the RBS 6 Nations launch and how a good crowd really helps boost the girls performance. Tickets for all three Women's home games at The Gnoll, Neath are available from www.wru.wales/tickets