Cardiff Blues prop has been rewarded for another outstanding season by being voted Wales Player of the Year. He was clear winner in a ballot carried out by members of the Welsh Rugby Writers Association.
Two Blues and Wales team mates - Leigh Halfpenny and Tom Shanklin, came second and third respectively in the poll.
The award has ended the Ospreys domination of the gong with Shane Williams, James Hook and Duncan Jones having been the three previous winners.
The Most Promising Player of the Year award went to Dragons full-back Jason Tovey, who topped the poll ahead of Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies and Ospreys full-back Gareth Owen.
And Cardiff flanker Rhys Shellard has been named as Premiership player of the year, with Llanelli's Aaron Shingler second and Cardiff's Damian Welch third.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series