Having seen the initial 4400 tickets snapped up very quickly, the event organisers appealed to the local authorities to increase the capacity to 5,000. The permission for the extra 600 tickets was granted today by officials from the City and County of Cardiff Council and South Wales Police. But having put the extra tickets on sale at lunchtime, they were sold out within a matter of hours. "It was great news for us to be able to offer 600 more tickets because we had had so many people want to join what will be Wales' biggest New Year's Eve party. In only its second year, this event has become one of the most popular in the whole of the UK for rigning in the new year," said Millennium Stadium general manager Paul Sergeant. "I would like to thank the local authority and the Police for doing all they could to enable us to meet as much of that demand as possible, especially as all the profits from the event are being sent to the Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund. "Last year's inaugural event set a benchmark for us and, having learned many lessons, we believe our second attempt will ensure our party goers will have an even better time as we move into 2005."
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.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.
The entire Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Department gathered at the Millennium Stadium earlier this week where WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey looked back on a year where structural and strategic changes have seen significant progress made
The Welsh Rugby Union has released a specially produced video to spearhead a new campaign to help promote the values of rugby union. The video, entitled Let us Play underpins the WRU rugby department's philosophy - to engage, transfer and retain players, coaches and referees.