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 SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.
Defending champions Coleg Sir Gar reached their second consecutive Millennium Stadium final as they defeated Coleg Gwent in the WRU Wednesday Under 18 play-off. Watch highlights of their narrow 10-8 win here.