After the surprises thrown up by Glasgow Warriors and Border Reivers in week three of the Celtic League, round four promises to be just as exciting with league leaders Ulster travelling to the Dragons on Saturday, looking for a third straight win of the season. However, the Ulstermen have never won at Rodney Parade and with the Dragons looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats, their first home game of the season promises to be a great contest.
Should Ulster slip up Edinburgh Gunners, who lost to the leaders last Friday, could go top if they can overcome the Ospreys at Murrayfield on Sunday. For their part the Ospreys will be looking for a happier trip north than last weekend when they lost to the Reivers; they have never lost to the Gunners in the Celtic League.
The round kicks off, however, with last weekend's shock losers, Munster, at home to the Scarlets. That game has been switched to Cork after vandalism left Munster's Thomond Park ground in Limerick unplayable.
Despite their win over the Ospreys the Reivers are still only a point away from bottom side Connacht, and will hope that a first ever away win in the Celtic League will put some space between themselves and bottom place.
Saturday also sees Blues travel to Glasgow Warriors who will be buoyed by their win over Munster. The form book suggests a Warriors win with the Blues having only taken the points once in their last seven visits to Scotland.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.