The Dragons and Scarlets under 20s kicked off the season on a winning note whilst the Ospreys and Scarlets under 18s shared the spoils in last night's WRU Age Grade Championship.
A try from David Leadbetter and eight points from the senior Dragons' star Jason Tovey earned the Gwent region a valuable 13-12 success at Eugene Cross Park.
Tries from Scott Andrews and Phil Williams kept the Blues in touch, but a disallowed try in the final moments cost the visitors victory with Dragons coach Wayne Jones saying; "I'm pleased with the way we battled and to kick off the season on a winning note is a real boost.
"Our set piece was good and though we lost our shape towards the end, I'm sure this will give us the confidence to kick on from here."
Meanwhile the Ospreys failed to use home advantage when they met the Scarlets - a Dean Ronan try and Matthew Jervis conversion was all they could muster against a slick looking Scarlets outfit led by Llanelli's Ricky Guest.
To crown a wonderful night for the Scarlets, who ran out 24-7 winners, they bagged a bonus point too thanks to tries from Neil Davies, James Davies, Joe Davey and Ellis Lloyd.
Daniel Etteridge kicked two conversions for good measure and Scarlets team manager Steffan Thomas said; "When we saw the make up of their side, we realised we were in for a tough night. However, to score four tries and to win with a bonus point is a terrific start for us."
A Jack Roberts try and five points from the boot of Dale Ford made sure of a point for the Scarlets under 18s as they drew 10-10 with the Ospreys.
Tom Priday kicked a penalty for the Ospreys and converted a try from openside flanker Mike Sully. The result means the championship is still wide open with three of the five regions all in with a chance of reaching the final.
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.