Robin McBryde insists Welsh confidence is still riding high ahead of Sunday's clash with France despite their drubbing in Ireland. The British Lions hooker will beef up the Wales front row in the wake of their devastating defeat at Lansdowne Road. McBryde missed the trip to Dublin where Wales were brought crashing back to earth from their Rugby World Cup euphoria by Ireland's rejuvenated pack, but that has not dented hopes of pulling off a major shock against the France on Sunday. "We haven't got bogged down with the defeat against Ireland," said McBryde. "One thing we have been made aware of by Steve Hansen is not to get fazed by the pressure from the media for success. We must just stay focused on playing as well as we can and then results will follow. "We don't want to sway from one end of the spectrum to the other. No one was more disappointed by the result and the performance in Ireland than the players. Sometimes in rugby things just don't go right but we've identified the reasons for that and there is still plenty of games left in this Championship.
"Ireland was not so much a wake up call but highlighted areas that we needed to focus on if we want to play the type of open game we have been. We want to throw the ball around and play an expansive game but we have got to be ready for teams who want to stop us.
"Fair play to Ireland they targeted our rucks and really slowed our ball down but we have got to come up with other ways of playing. France will probably be an even tougher test, especially up front. They are a very physical side."
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.