TOKYO, 23 Oct - Owen Lane arrived in Japan only on Tuesday as a replacement but his call-up has already been given the royal seal of approval.
The 21-year-old centre received his World Cup cap from the Prince of Wales, who visited the Wales team at their training ground on Wednesday to wish them luck for Sunday’s semi-final with South Africa.
Prince Charles, in Tokyo for the enthronement of Japan's Emperor Naruhito, spent 30 minutes with the players and captain Alun Wyn Jones presented him with a signed Wales shirt. Thanking them, he said: "I am sure you will make us all proud.”
The Prince chatted with several players, including Ken Owens, Jonathan Davies, Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar, plus head coach Warren Gatland.
"It was great," Wales team manager Alan Phillips said. "These offers don’t come very often. I was a bit cheeky this morning and asked him would he present a cap to Owen, and he said he would be absolutely delighted."
Kawakawa's other claim to fame
In rugby circles, Kawakawa, a small town in northern New Zealand, is known for producing Joe Schmidt, Ireland's coach, and the Kiwis' rampaging back Jack Goodhue. It has another claim to fame, though, as its public toilets were designed by the world famous Austrian-born artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. And very funky they are too.
Let him go!
Jonathan Joseph is eyeing a trip to Disneyland Tokyo, according to his England team-mates. England are staying in one of the resort's official hotels this week, located on the doorstep of the amusement park. "Jonathan Joseph is a massive fan," Anthony Watson revealed. "He loves Frozen - listens to it in his car! He hasn't managed to go down there yet but I am sure he might on our day off."
JJ won't be the first RWC visitor, as this picture of All Blacks Codie Taylor, Angus Taavao and Brad Weber shows.
Tales from the haka
What is it really like to face a haka on the pitch? Shota Horie, Faf de Klerk, Gregor Townsend and Pieter-Steph du Toit, among others, give the lowdown on accepting a challenge from the All Blacks, while New Zealand captain Kieran Read explains the haka's significance to his team.
Before this weekend's semi-final matches take place, there are various protocols to be observed to determine 'team order' at Yokohama Stadium. Here Alan Phillips, the Wales team manager, and his South Africa counterpart, Charles Wessels, shake hands after the official coin toss for Sunday's match, watched by Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby.
Which England player has impressed his team-mates with this pavlova? To find out, join Tom Rhodes, Twickenham head chef, as he talks Elliot Daly through a quick lunch of pan-fried sea bass, roasted sweet potato mash and tenderstem broccoli. Delish.
Join Elma for a whistle-stop tour through some of the most memorable moments from RWC Daily so far in this action-packed tournament.
If you'd like Elma Smit to put your question to All Blacks legend and RWC-winning captain Richie McCaw, here's your chance...
.@Elmakapelma will be sitting down with @AllBlacks legend Richie McCaw for the RWC Daily show.— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 23, 2019
Send us your questions below, and we'll ask him the best of the bunch! #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/iSamaNAvwS
Stat of the day
England can become only the second team in World Cup history to defeat both the Wallabies and All Blacks at the same World Cup. South Africa achieved that en route to winning the Webb Ellis Cup in 1995.