Cardiff Blues could be without influential back row forward Maama Molitika for the whole of their Pool 5 Heineken Cup campaign.
The Tongan international damaged his pectoral muscle in the recent win over the Scarlets and is expected to be out of action for up to four months. The injury means the Blues could kick-off their European season without a complete back row unit.
Already ruled out until December is Wales and British & Irish Lions flanker Martyn Williams, who underwent shoulder surgery after returning from South Africa this summer, while No 8 Xavier Rush is struggling with a dislocated finger. Rush was another injury victim in the win over the Scarlets.
The Blues launch their Heineken Cup season with a home game against the Harlequins next week and then have to travel to Sale Sharks in Round 2. They then face Toulouse in back to back matches in December.
Blues coach Dai Young, who led his side to the semi-finals last season, is also sweating on the availability of Lions centre Jamie Roberts for the game against the Quins. He suffered a soft tisssue injury to his neck in the game against the Scarlets and has been sidelined for 7-10 days.
On the positive side, Young looks set to have Wales wing Tom James back in harness in time for the big Euro kick-off. James, who scored the dramatic try in the semi-final at the Millennium Stadium last season that took the game against Leicester Tigers into extra-time and then penalties, underwent surgery during the summer.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
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.