It will be the sixth season in a row that Wales will host the curtain raiser to the big football kick-off and the Football Association's return to the Millennium Stadium for their showpiece event will make it 44 major fixtures staged in Cardiff since Wembley closed.
The Millennium Stadium has hosted six Carling Cup and six Football League Trophy finals, is preparing for its sixth FA Cup final in May and will also entertain the three Football League play-off finals for the sixth year in a row next month. The FA Cup semi-finals were also staged in Cardiff last year.
"We have kept in close contact with the Football Association throughout the past 12 months and we are delighted to once again be hosting their two prestigious events, the FA Cup final and the Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium," said Millennium Stadium chief executive Paul Sergeant.
"We always said we would do our best to remain open for their business while the new Wembley is being constructed and we are delighted to be in a position to help out once again this year.
"The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff and Wales have all left their mark on the Football Association and Football League events as custodians of their finals in the past six years and it has been hugely beneficial to us all.
"We know the difficulties that Wembley are experiencing and they have our sympathy and full support. The new Wembley is going to be a magnificent stadium that will play a key role in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"That is another event that the Millennium Stadium is delighted to be playing a small part in and we will be using the experience we have gained over the past six years to good effect in pushing ourselves forward for a while range of events in the future.
"Our events list continues to grow and the interest from sporting bodies, sports and music promoters and conference organisers in what we have got to offer is building day by day.
"We have greatly enjoyed the business provided by the Football Association and the Football League since 2001, and learned a great deal from working with them. If they wish to return in 2007 with any of their events, we would love to have them back."
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Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
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Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.