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 Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.