Llanelli centre Matthew Brayley has been awarded the Principality Premiership Player of the Month award for January.
Brayley, who moved to the Llanelli Premiership side from Swansea at the end of last season, has been instrumental in the side's table topping form, according to head coach Paul Fisher.
He said, "Matthew has been a real catalyst for our recent performances which have taken us to the top of the table. He has a good mix of skills as a 12, he is a powerful ball carrier but he plays with width too. He gets our outside backs moving and he's also a good leader on and off the field. He has given our side a focal point and the dirction we needed so he certainly deserves this award and it's great he has been recognised for the effort and commitment he has shown."
Brayley, who was injured at the start of the season, is just pleased to be in the Llanelli side. He said, "I was on loan with Ammanford after picking up a groin strain and struggled to get back in the Llanelli side at the start of the season so I'm thrilled to be playing regular rugby in a winning Llanelli side.
"The club has big plans this season. Obviously we want to maintain our position at the top of the Principality Premiership table and we'd like to go as far as possible in the Cup too.
"We've got an experienced squad of players this season, and the coaches Paul Fisher and Vernon Cooper have brought in some new ideas which everyone has bought into.
"We've got a good way to go yet - if we lose a couple of games, our title hopes could diminish rapidly - but we are going out wanting to win every game at the moment which is enjoyable.
"It's easy to play well when you're on the front foot and we're in the habit of winning at the moment which is a good position to be in."
Matthew Brayley factfile DoB: 08.09.81 Birthplace: Swansea Club: Llanelli Nickname: Brayls Player most admired: Dan Carter Sportsperson most admired: Joe Calzaghe Biggest impact on career: My family, especially my two year old daughter Anya Occupation: Family car sales and service station business
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.