The post Christmas Magners League fixtures kick off on Friday afternoon in Wales when Newport Gwent Dragons host local rivals Cardiff Blues.
Dragons will be looking for back to back victories over Welsh Regions following their success against Ospreys, whilst Blues will be looking of a repeat of last season's result to keep them in touch with the other Welsh Regions in the table.
The same evening the first game of the two legged encounter to find out which is the top team in Scotland takes place at Murrayfield with the hosts hoping to break their record attendance for a Magners League fixture at the ground. In recent years the results have always gone with the home team on the day, and the bragging rights will not be decided until the return leg on 2 January.
The derby fixtures continue over the weekend - Saturday sees Ospreys welcome Scarlets to the Liberty Stadium where the hosts will be aiming to deny their visitors the opportunity of repeating last season's 'double' if they are to maintain their challenge on League leaders Munster. In Ireland a rejuvenated Ulster will be hoping for a long overdue victory over current Magners League champions Leinster. Only one match point separates the two Irish Provinces in the table so there is plenty at stake in this game.
The round concludes in Galway on Sunday when Connacht welcome table topping Munster to a packed Sportsground. Connacht will have to overcome nearly 30 years of history to claim victory in this fixture, but the fact that Munster have won just one of their last four games against fellow Irish teams should give them heart.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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