The Dragons' new position is an improvement of two places on last year's seventh place finish thanks to an RBS Six Nations Grand Slam win and a successful tour of North America and Canada that stretched their unbeaten run to eight games.
This time last year Wales languished behind RBS Six Nations rivals England in third, France in fourth and Ireland in sixth, but an amazing 2005 has sent Mike Ruddock's men soaring up the international table. Wales can be proud that they are one of only two Northern Hemisphere sides to make the top five, pipped to fourth spot by France despite triumphing 24-18 in Paris in February.
New Zealand top the table ahead of their Tri-Nations rivals Australia in second, and South Africa in third. Scotland remain unchanged from last year's position in ninth spot, flanked once again on either side by Argentina in eighth and Fiji in tenth.
Wales will come face to face with the All Blacks on November 5th 2005 in a game that is guaranteed to provide fireworks. The bonfire night clash will pit two of the world's most exciting teams against one another a year after the All Blacks left the Millennium Stadium battered and bruised with a one-point victory.
The fast, flowing style of rugby that Wales have adopted under coach Mike Ruddock is similar to that of the All Blacks and has been widely praised by coach Graham Henry.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
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.