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."
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.