Worcester prop Chris Horsman looks set to make his Wales debut next month after avoiding a lengthy Rugby Football Union ban.
Horsman collected a three-week suspension when he appeared before RFU disciplinary chiefs in Bristol last night.
The 27-year-old was cited for stamping on a Leeds forward during Worcester's Guinness Premiership victory over the Tykes 12 days ago, and subsequently admitted the charge during a threehour hearing.
But the ban, which takes effect from October 15, means he will only be sidelined until November 5 - the same day as Wales launch their autumn Test series against New Zealand in Cardiff.
Horsman, who lives in Porthcawl and qualified to represent Wales last month after completing a three-year residency period, is now set to feature in a 31-man squad to tackle the All Blacks and subsequent opponents Fiji, South Africa and Australia.
Saracens prop Ben Broster, who made his Test bow during Wales' unbeaten summer tour of North America, was on stand-by to fill the frontrow vacancy left by coach Mike Ruddock, had Horsman been ruled out.
Worcester, meanwhile have offered full-time contracts to Academy players Jamie Lennard and Callum Black.
Lennard began training with Worcester's Academy in April this year, and is relatively new to the game, only having been involved in rugby for less than three years. The 19-year-old full-back has signed a contract to stay at Sixways until May, 2007.
Lennard's talent for rugby was spotted by Worcester's Academy manager, Andrew Stanley at Hartpury College, where he is undertaking a BSc degree in Sports Coaching and Conditioning. Lennard made his first team debut in the Powergen Cup against Leicester Tigers earlier this month.
"If anyone would have told me eight months ago, when I was playing in the Gloucestershire Division Three North that I would be making my debut for the Warriors at Welford Road, I wouldn't have believed them," said Lennard. "It has all happened so quickly and I am very keen to prove myself."
Black, a prop, has also committed until May 2007. The 19-year-old joined Worcester's Academy during the close season, and has figured in all the Guinness A League matches so far this term.