Wales have been drawn in the same group as current World Cup champions South Africa, and 2007 quarter-finalist foes Fiji, for the RWC 2011 tournament to be held in New Zealand.
Gareth Jenkins' Welsh side had their World Cup hopes ripped apart by the rampant Fijians in last year's World Cup in France. The other two teams drawn in the same group are qualifiers Oceania 1 and Africa 1.
In Pool A, New Zealand have been grouped with France for the very first time in the tournament's history at the group stage while England will meet Scotland for the first time at the same stage.
Italy will be drawing a sigh of relief as they have been drawn with the All Blacks for five of the previous six World Cups but on this occasion they have avoided the men in black and will play in Pool C where Australia will be firm favourites to progress with Ireland and Italy also fancying their chances.
2011 Rugby World Cup draw Pool A New Zealand, France, Tonga, Americas 1, Asia 1. Pool B Argentina, England, Scotland, Europe 1, Play Off winner Pool C Australia, Ireland, Italy, Europe 2, Americas 2 Pool D South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Oceania 1, Africa 1
How the draw worked: The 12 pre-qualified teams were: Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga and Wales.
From these 12 teams, the top four in the IRB World Rankings on 1 December 2008 were be allocated to band one - or the top line in each pool - and drawn randomly into the pools. The next four teams were allocated into band two with the remaining four teams allocated into band three.
Banding of 12 automatic qualified teams:
Band 1: Top four ranked qualified teams (1 to 4 in IRB World Rankings)
Band 2: Next four ranked qualified teams (5 to 8 in IRB World Rankings)
Band 3: Bottom four ranked qualified teams (according to World Rankings)
This means that teams ranked in the top four of the IRB World Rankings on 1 December 2008 were not drawn in the same RWC 2011 pool. Equally, a team ranked five to eight in the rankings would definitely be in the same pool as a team ranked one to four.
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
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'.