There will be several rearranged matches this weekend, but only two
games are scheduled in the Premier Division, when Caerphilly entertain
Ebbw Vale and Pontypridd host Swansea, both on Friday evening.
A Pontypridd win would take them over Aberavon into third place in the
table, while Caerphilly could move into fifth, but the club keenest to
take three points must be Ebbw Vale, who are currently only one point
off the bottom of the division.
In Division One, there will be three matches played with second-placed
Llanharan hoping to retain their unbeaten record over battling Rumney at
Riverside Park, while Blackwood meet Beddau in what could be a close
call and Carmarthen Athletic hope to have a few shocks for third-placed
Whitland on Friday evening.
There will be a few matches played in the lower divisions with Merthyr
looking to pull clear of Builth Wells in Two East if they defeat Ystrad
Rhondda, though Builth have games in hand. Risca take on Croesyceiliog
and in Two West Pencoed hope to play a match away to Aberavon Quins.
Division Three East will have Newport Saracens hoping to move closer to
the top against Abergavenny and leaders Brynithel travel to bottom club
Llanhilleth, while Talywain taken on Cwmbran and Pontypool Utd meet
Abercarn. In the South-West Trebanos v Bryncoch and Skewen v Ystalyfera
are the games due to play and in the South-East Tonyrefail meet Taffs
The only division four match is in the South-West when Amman Utd hope
their pitch is fit to meet Briton Ferry and in Five South-West Tonna bid
to climb closer to the top if they can dismiss Neath Athletic.
Cup rugby is due for Sunday when Brynmawr take on Bridgend and Cross
Keys meet Aberavon in the Quarter-finals of the Konica Minolta Cup. Both
matches are set for 2.30pm starts.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.