It means that for the first time since 2002 an Irish team will figure in the Heineken Cup final, which will be held at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 20 May (kick-off 3.00pm). Munster will be hoping to make it third time lucky having lost in the 2000 and 2002 finals, while Brian O'Driscoll's Leinster side will be seeking to reach their first final.
"We had sold 27,000 tickets for the final to the general public before the quarter-final weekend and we managed to sell a further 11,500 on Sunday alone after the four semi-finalists were known," said Millennium Stadium chief executive Paul Sergeant.
"The two finalists will share at least 15,000 tickets so the best advice I can give anyone who wants to come to the Heineken Cup final this year is buy your ticket TODAY, because tomorrow could be too late. A lot of the sales over the weekend were from across the Irish Sea and Cardiff is now bracing itself for an invasion of Leinster or Munster fans.
"Everyone at the Millennium Stadium, and in the Welsh capital, remembers with great fondness the 2002 Heineken Cup final when Munster were pipped to the title by Leicester Tigers. We had upwards of 30,000 Munster fans in south Wales that weekend and all the indications are we can expect the same next month regardless of which teams makes it through "The crowd of 74,600 from that 2002 final is still the highest attendance we have had at the Millennium Stadium - more than for the
1999 Rugby World Cup final, any of our FA Cup finals and even greater than last season's Grand Slam showdown with Ireland. With either Biarritz or Bath to join the party, it promises to be another magnificent weekend with a carnival style spirit throughout the week in the Welsh capital."
It will be a busy weekend for Sergeant and his team at the Millennium Stadium as the day after the Heineken Cup final the ground will host the Coca-Cola League Championship play-off final.
"We will have close to 150,000 fans coming through our turnstiles over the two days and a mix of sports and cultures. It promises to be a very, very special weekend for sports fans and we will ensure there is a great welcome in both the city and at the stadium for everyone," added Sergeant.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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.