Under 19Wales 37, Ireland 6 The Welsh boys warmed-up for their trip to the IRB Under 19 World Cup in Durban next month with a six try thumping of the Irish. This was the side's fifth game ahead of their daunting opening challenge against New Zealand in South Africa and it was just the boost they needed. With victories over Scotland, Italy and Ireland, and defeats at the hands of England and France, the side will need to step up a gear on the world stage. The Irish had been beaten 47-6 by England the previous weekend and conceded a first minute try to Cardiff wing Nick Gill. Two tries by hooker Ken Owens, of Carmathen Athletic, enabled Wales to lead 22-6 at the break. Outside half Gareth Williams-Davies converted two and kicked a penalty. After the break Owens completed his hat-trick and Neath Atheltic centre Jon Spratt and Carmarthen Quins flanker Stuart Phillips rounded off proceedings with a two try flourish in the closing stages. All the Irish could muster were two penalties from full back Rob Kearney.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series