Warren Gatland puts the Wales squad through their paces with CEO Roger Lewis looking on.
Day Two of the Wales Squad training session ahead of the Invesco Perpetual Series '08 saw Head Coach Warren Gatland increase the tempo at the Welsh Institute of Sport
Day Two of the Wales Squad training session ahead of the Invesco Perpetual Series '08 saw Head Coach Warren Gatland increase the tempo at the Welsh Institute of Sport.
Gatland and his coaching team took charge of a full contact session on the second of the three day camp.
With WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis an interested observer, the players went through their paces as they build up to the first of their four matches next month against the reigning world champions, South Africa.
The Prince William Cup clash between the Six Nations winners and the Webb Ellis Trophy holders on Saturday, 8 November, is one of three sell-out games at the Millennium Stadium and will be a vital game for Gatland and co.
Having lost his unbeaten record as coach of Wales to the Springboks in the two-Test series in the summer he is keen to gain revenge on home soil.
The game is also the first stepping stone for Ryan Jones and his players on the road to possible selection for the British & Irish Lions next summer in South Africa.
The Welsh players return to their Regions on Wednesday afternoon to turn their efforts to the final weekend of Pool matches in the EDF Energy Cup. Three of the four Regions are on course to top their Pools and potentially qualify for the semi-finals of a tournament won by the Ospreys last season.
The Welsh coaching team, meanwhile, will have half an eye on three of Wales' other November opponents this weekend. Australia and New Zealand meet in a Bledisloe Cup match in Hong Kong on Saturday morning, while Canada face Portugal in Lisbon later in the day.
There are still tickets available for the Friday night clash with the Canadians. For tickets call 08705 582 582 or visit www.wru.co.uk/tickets.
The Invesco Perpetual Series '08
08/11/2008 14:30: Wales v South Africa, Millennium Stadium
14/11/2008 19:30: Wales v Canada, Millennium Stadium
22/11/2008 17:15: Wales v New Zealand, Millennium Stadium
29/11/2008 14:30: Wales v Australia. Millennium Stadium
The on and off-field benefits of schools and colleges employing a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub initiative continue to grow with the publication of the first half term figures of the current academic year.
Despite being in a tough group for the World Series opener in Dubai, Wales 7s head coach Gareth Williams says it is an exciting challenge and his squad are in a positive frame of mind, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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