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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.