As well as a record attendance at the Millennium Stadium for a RBS Six Nations fixture, there was also a record gross financial return. "We had a record crowd for a Six Nations fixture of 74,197 and a record gross financial return as a result. We filled all 123 hospitality boxes and cleared all our other hospitality packages. We also sold all 35,000 match programmes - another record," said David Moffett, the WRU chief executive. "Our caterers reported a very busy time in the stadium's 17 food and beverage outlets and merchandise was moving very quickly as well. All in all, the gross revenue taken on the day will have exceeded £3.5m. "More than that, this victory will have increased the stock of Welsh rugby and can only lead to an improvement of both our playing and financial positions. There is nothing like a major Welsh rugby triumph, especially over England, to boost every aspect of Welsh life. "In Edinburgh last season they conducted an economic impact survey on a Six Nations game in Scotland and found it was worth £20m to their economy. I wouldn't be surprised if last weekend's victory will be worth that and more to the Welsh economy. Only rugby union in Wales can have such a powerful effect and it is great that Gareth Thomas and his team can produce results like that and create such a positive impact for everyone in the country. "It is interesting to note that in this year of celebration in Cardiff, Wales have beaten England yet again. They did so in 1905, the year that Cardiff became a city, in 1955, when it was declared the capital of Wales and now in 2005, when we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of city status."
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.