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.
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
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