Newport came back from 5-13 down at Rodney Parade to score three converted secondhalf tries and defeat Cross Keys 26-13. Top dogs Neath raced clear of Pontypridd to win 42-3 at the Gnoll, though Ponty have not scored a try in their last three outings and scrum half Carl Thomas was sent off after 37 minutes for stamping. Aberavon hung on to beat Ebbw Vale 27-25 after six successive losses. Hooker Chris Wells scored a try and saved his side when he charged down a drop shot by Jason Williams in injurytime. Llanelli ran riot to beat Pontypool 58-12 at Stradey Park; Caerhilly had a marvellous 47-31 win over Swansea at Virginia Park, with 13 tries resulting in a free-flowing match and Llandovery just scraped through 19-12 at Newbridge as former Wales Under-21 wing Ifan Evans gained the only Drovers try. Carmarthen Quins were 0-6 down at home to a battling Llanharan, but came back with three converted tries to win 21-6. PREMIER DIVISION - TOP POINTS SCORERS 266 - James Hook (Neath)
265 - Luke Richards (Swansea)
238 - Ceiron Thomas (Llanelli)
198 - Chris Anderson (Cardiff)
184 - Sam Mills (Pontypool)
183 - Gareth David (Bridgend), Jason Williams (Ebbw Vale)
180 - Gareth Morgan (Llandovery)
174 - Jonathan Williams (Newbridge)
169 - Daniel Griffiths (Newport)
140 - Andrew James (Bedwas)
136 - Marc Davies (Llanharan)
135 - Jason Pocock (Pontypridd)
129 - Gethin Worgan (Cross Keys)
127 - Jamie Davies (Aberavon)
118 - Craig Evans (Carmarthen Quins)
117 - Aled Thomas (Carmarthen Quins)
108 - Darren Miles (Cross Keys) PREMIER DIVISION - TOP TRY SCORERS
16 - Neil Clapham (Neath)
14 - Elgan Jones (Cardiff)
13 - Nicky Jones (Swansea)
12 - Daniel Gravelle (Llanelli)
11 - Nathan Williams (Cross Keys), Gareth Morris (Neath), Richard Carter (Aberavon), Gareth Chapman (Newport), Richard Johnston (Neath)
10 - Ryan Howells (Bridgend)
09 - Darren Daniel (Llanelli), Mike Silcox (Caerphilly), Kristian Owen (Ebbw Vale)
08 - Paul Williams (Newport), Richard Fussell (Pontypridd), Liam Gadd (Aberavon), Andy Edwards (Caerphilly), Cae Trayhern (Pontypool), Andrew Bevan (Ebbw Vale), Hywel Jenkins (Neath).
NEXT PREMIER DIVISION FIXTURES Wednesday, March 6 will now see seven matches taking place, including the visit of leaders Neath to a very in-form Caerphilly, while the SwanseaCardiff battle at St Helen's will be televised live. Llanharan will be battling for relegation points at home to Aberavon and Cross Keys return to Pandy Park ato take on Bedwas. Bottom club Newbridge facing a daunting task at home to Carmarthen Quins; high-riding Newport will be at Rodney Parade against fellow Gwent club Ebbw Vale and Pontypridd are at Sardis Road against Llanelli. On Saturday, March 12 there will a 2.30pm rearranged game as Bridgend take on Llandovery at the Brewery Field.
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.