MS Chairman David Pickering brought in fellow MS board member Lord Faulkner of Worcester, a former deputy chairman of the Football Trust, to help broker the new deal and his expertise played a key role in ensuring the two parties resolved their differences to enable the FIFA 2006 World Cup qualifier between John Toshack's Welsh side and England to go ahead as planned on 3 September.
"Richard's wealth of football and negotiating experience not only enabled us to resolve our contractual row regarding costs for recent FAW games staged at the Millennium Stadium, but also allowed both sides to further cement their relationship with a revised deal that removes any potential areas of dispute for the remainder of our partnership," said Pickering.
"Richard, Alan Hamer, the WRU Group Finance and Administration Manager, and I met with the FAW General Secretary Dave Collins and his Management Board to conclude the matters and both parties are pleased with the outcome.
"It means we both have a better relationship moving forward, the stadium can expect a cheque within seven days and football fans can look forward to coming to the Millennium Stadium on 3 September to watch Wales play England on Welsh soil for the first time in 21 years.
"All sides now have the security they were seeking and, speaking on behalf of the Millennium Stadium, I am delighted that one of our most important tenants has confirmed its commitment to use our world class facilities on a long term basis."
Under the terms of the new contract, the Millennium Stadium will receive a minimum guarantee from the FAW for hosting each fixture. In return, the Millennium Stadium will provide sales expertise to help the FAW maximise ticket and hospitality revenue.
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.
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'.