The appeal for fans to attend the Help for Heroes game at Twickenham on September 20 has seen a surge in ticket sales
Ticket sales for the 'Help for Heroes' match on September 20, are set to go past the 30,000 mark this week with Twickenham Stadium opening up the middle tier to meet the increasing demand of fans wishing to attend this unique occasion.
This week has seen unprecedented traffic 'crash' the H4H Rugby web site with a four-fold surge of nearly 80,000 hits as the nation returned to work on Monday.
Along with the ticket rush, the sponsor family has also grown with new partners joining the sponsor family headed by Platinum Sponsors Investec, Lord Ashcroft and Nintendo. This week LBC ? London's biggest commercial station joined Artemis in the Gold category and only two silver sponsorships remain alongside Paradigm, General Dynamics, Army RU, EADS-UK, Eurocopter, Cadbury, MAN-ERF and Nice Rugby Club.
The aim of the match is to raise ?1 million for Help for Heroes who provide help for the rehabilitation of British service personnel injured in Iraq and Afghanistan while they recover at two key centres, Selly Oak in Birmingham and Headley Court in Leatherhead, Surrey and those who care for them.
Two star studded teams, the Help for Heroes XV and the International XV will feature rugby legends including Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Johnson, Kenny Logan, Scott Gibbs and Jonah Lomu along with a number of excellent players representing the armed forces.
Prior to the game the players will meet on Wednesday September 17 and that afternoon attend a reception at Number 10 Downing Street, hosted by the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown who is giving the game his full support.
The teams will then train the next day and at a free open training session at Twickenham Stadium on Friday September 19 from 10.00am before playing the game on Saturday September 20, kick off 2.30pm.
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.