Tom James made a try-scoring return to help Cardiff record a last-gasp 28-26 win over Swansea in the Principality Premiership
Tom James made a try-scoring return to help Cardiff record a last-gasp 28-26 win over Swansea.
Wales wing James has not figured since his two-minute appearance for the dragons against world champions South Africa in Pretoria back in June.
A groin problem has dogged his season so far but the three-times capped star showed no ill effects with a first-half strike at St Helen's.
Swansea led 23-18 at the break through tries from Rhys and Nathan Jones but Cardiff stole victory with a penalty try in the 89th minute after flanker Harbir Singh was red carded.
Llanelli return to the top of the table after a 25-18 triumph at Bridgend while Newport leapfrog Aberavon who slipped up at Pontypridd into second following their 28-16 bonus-point victory at Glamorgan Wanderers.
There were also home wins for Ebbw Vale over Neath and Cross Keys against Pontypool while there was a first success of the season for basement club Llandovery at Bedwas.
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.