Gavin Henson has been withdrawn from the Wales squad which travels to Scotland this afternoon (Friday, 6 February) in preparation for the opening match of their RBS 6 Nations title defence at Murrayfield on Sunday.
The Ospreys centre has failed to recover from a calf strain and is to be replaced in the starting line-up by Tom Shanklin, who slots in at outside centre with his Cardiff Blues team-mate Jamie Roberts reverting to the number 12 position. Another Ospreys centre, Andrew Bishop, takes up the spot vacated by Shanklin on the bench.
Henson's injury will be re-assessed next week and no further information will be available until that time.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.