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.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.