Donald, who has been in post for the past year and was brought in to establish the commercial department at the club, has overseen a highly successful period for the Ospreys, in which they have climbed to the top of the Celtic League. In addition, Donald has played a critical role in overseeing the Club's move to the New Stadium at Morfa, scheduled to open in late Summer 2005
Donald said "The past year has been a fantastic challenge for me and it's extremely rewarding to see the Ospreys doing so well on the pitch and off it. Now that all necessary systems are in place to support the Club's more sophisticated commercial operation and that the plans for the Club's move to Morfa are established, I feel it's a good time for me to move on and look for a fresh challenge."
Ospreys Chairman Mike James had kind words to say about his out-going chief executive.
"Andrew's done a superb job and will be sorely missed, however we respect his decision to move on to a new challenge and to take on a new brief. We will not be looking for a replacement for Andrew and instead his responsibilities will be absorbed by Ospreys joint-managing director's Mike Cuddy and Roger Blyth who will, in turn, take on a more "hands on" role in the club¹s day to day operations."
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.