WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis and Chairman David Pickering addressing the delegates
A series of initiatives aimed at strengthening rugby in Wales for the future have been outlined to the Annual General Meeting of the Welsh Rugby Union at the Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot.
Delegates from clubs around Wales were told the progress made over the last year has placed the WRU on a stronger footing to face the challenges ahead.
The meeting was told that WRU plans to make the grassroots game a priority with a funding review aimed at identifying target areas for resource.
The development of rugby in North Wales was also identified as a key area along with an increased focus on rugby in schools across Wales.
Delegates were also told that an alignment of coaching and management of all Welsh international teams is now a work in progress following the appointment of key personnel.
At the heart of the elite game the WRU aims to deliver new, state of the art training facilities for all the national teams representing Wales.
The plans were outlined to the delegates in speeches from WRU President Dennis Gethin, Chairman David Pickering and Group Chief Executive, Roger Lewis.
The Financial Director of the WRU Group, Steve Phillips, also delivered a report on the record £50.3m turnover achieved during the last financial year.
Speaking to the meeting, Group Chief Executive, Roger Lewis, said: "We have made significant progress and are now better placed to face the challenges of the future.
"So many people have contributed so much this year to create a platform from which we can build sustainability for the future of Welsh rugby and our Millennium Stadium.
"The positive results contained within this year's report indicate that we have assembled a group of people who possess the capability, attitude and integrity to deliver upon this ambition. I congratulate and thank everyone in the Welsh Rugby Union and the Millennium Stadium for delivering such an outstanding year's results."
He said that on the field the reputation and standing of Welsh rugby has been enhanced around the world with the Grand Slam and Triple Crown successes delivered by Head Coach Warren Gatland's squad placing Wales sixth in the IRB world rankings.
WRU Chairman David Pickering added, "Our National Team's success over the last three years has not been seen since the halcyon days of the 1970s. Our Under 20 team reached the semi-finals of the inaugural Junior World Championship, a tournament we were very proud to host and which has been recognised globally as the most successful international age grade tournament to date. Our Women's side finished second in the Six Nations Championship for the second time in three seasons and will this season aim to qualify for the next Women's Rugby World Cup - England 2010 and our Sevens team has continued to produce encouraging results on the world stage.
"Our game is growing and participation levels in the game are on the up but there is more to be done and grassroots rugby is now a key priority for us going forward.
"Our game is growing and so is our success but we must keep our feet firmly on the ground and keep striving to lead the way with a genuine purpose of improving Welsh rugby."
The AGM decided that there should be automatic promotion and relegation into and from the Premier Division.
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.