Michael Owen has expressed his disappointment at losing to France last time out and pledges to take the game to England this weekend. "We will have to try and be aggressive and take the game to them just like Ireland did," said Owen. "We saw what the Irish did and that has given us a lot of encouragement. We have done a lot of work on our set pieces because that is a key area of the game and has perhaps been our weakness so far. "We are all really disappointed to lose to France. We could have sneaked a draw right at the end but it wasn't to be. I was fairly happy with my performance but we all know that we still have plenty to work on especially looking ahead to England. "That will be a massive challenge for me and the whole squad but it is one that we will rise to."
The Dragons second row believes one of the biggest battles on the field at Twickenham will take place in his own position. "It will be a big tester to face the likes of Ben Kay and Danny Grewcock. England have got fantastic strength in depth in the second row," continued Owen. "With Simon Shaw also involved you have got potentially three British Lion second rows in their pack.
"There's definitely a risk of a back lash from England, but there again if they had beaten Ireland they would have been on a roll and full of confidence from the Rugby World Cup so all we can do is make sure we perform and not let ourselves down. "We did that in the Rugby World Cup, but at Twickenham it will be a whole different ball game."
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.