Former Scottish skipper Andy Nicol, who skippered the Bath side to victory in Bordeaux in 1998, was ERC's first Heineken Cup final ambassador last season when the final was held in Edinburgh. Now the tournament organisers have recruited two of Welsh and European rugby's legends to help push this season;s final - and added a touch of beauty to their promotional team in the shape of Claire.
Evans, who was in the Bath team that beat Brive in 1998, played six times in the tournament, scoring two tries in two appearances for Llanelli Scarlets before transferring to Bath, while Howley is still the leading try scorer in the competition for Cardiff Blues with 10 in 31 games. He played in the 1997 semi-final with the Blues before switching to London Wasps.
He made a further seven Heineken Cup appearances for Wasps, including a try scoring contribution in the 2004 final at Twickenham when the English side pipped Toulouse.
The 22-year-old Claire Evans, from Aberystwyth, also has a strong sporting pedigree and is a Welsh cross country international. Her dream is to represent Wales at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the marathon.
Having scooped the Miss Wales 2005 title, Claire will be jetting off to China next month to take part in the Miss World contest. Before she goes, one of her first tasks as an 'ERC Ambassador' will be to accompany Ieuan Evans in climbing to the top of Snowdon with the Heineken Cup.
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.