Wales team manager Alan Phillips today praised the work of WRU Travel Services and Air New Zealand in allowing the Wales squad to re-schedule their flights to New Zealand, at minimum cost.
Each player in the Wales squad paid his own hotel bill for the enforced overnight stay at the Rennaisance Hotel in Heathrow, after protracted negotiations with WRU management and an accident on the M4 motorway lead them to miss their flight yesterday.
The squad trained this morning (Tuesday) and will begin their Tour of New Zealand and Australia with a 4.15pm flight from Heathrow this afternoon.
The contribution from the players and the sterling work of WRU Travel Services means the total bill for the delay comes at a cost of under Â£3,000 to the Union, which includes keeping the team bus overnight for the transfer of baggage and flight transfers etc.
'It was a gesture from the players to pay for their own overnight stay in London and the whole squad is taking full collective responsiblity for the delay,' said Phillips.
'We want to say a special thankyou to all those who have helped us with the re-scheduling and we are now just looking forward to going out there and playing some rugby.
'The players showed resolve when they made their stand before we left Cardiff, the whole squad presented a united front and they now have a pay structure in place not just for the tour but for the next 12 months of rugby.
'So all of that is now behind us and we need to show similar resolve and strength in unity when we face the World Champions in Australia and then face New Zealand, who are a realistic prospect to be the next World Champions themselves.'
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.