Newport Gwent Dragons are facing a midfield crisis ahead of the new season after new signing Matthew Watkins underwent surgery.
Ex-Wales centre Watkins, who arrived last week from Gloucester, will miss the start of the new campaign following a hip operation in June. And Dragons regular Rhodri Gomer-Davies is also recovering from ankle surgery with little more than three weeks to go before the Magners League kick-off. The Rodney Parade-based region have already lost three-quarters Rory Sidey, Marc Stcherbina and Gareth Maule this summer. Australian Sidey has returned Down Under to join Super 14 outfit New South Wales Waratahs. Stcherbina has retired following a serious back injury last season while Maule has moved to Welsh rivals the Scarlets. That has opened the door for Newport's Tom Riley to step into the squad, having made a handful of regional appearances for the Blues. Academy player Adam Hughes is also considered to be highly promising.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.