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 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.