The SWALEC Leagues begin on Saturday with former Premier side Maesteg entertaining Corus (Port Talbot) in Division One West.
The Llynfi Road side were relegated last season and will be looking to bounce straight back to the top flight. Tonmawr, who were champions of One West last season, should provide the biggest challenge to Maesteg alongside Carmarthen Quins.
Tonmawr begin at Whitland while Quins play host to Llangennech.
In One East, Penallta's rapid rise up the divisions will be tested by visitors Blackwood, while last season's runners-up, Caerphilly, will be hoping to go one better this year. The Cheesemen entertain a Newbridge side that promised much in the early part of last season before falling away to mid-table.
In Two East, Mountain Ash will be making a big effort to improve on their third place last season. They travel to Treherbert where they were pipped 11-10 last season.
In Two West, Loughor, Mumbles and Pencoed hope last season's good form will continue as they take on Gorseinon, relegated Waunarlwydd, and Builth Wells respectively. The mid-Wales club have been switched this season from East to West and the change may well suit the Powys club.
Three East will be very much a Gwent affair with a number of derby matches to look forward to. Garndiffaith and Croesyceiliog could set the early running with Garn opening at Nelson while the Cockerels visit Rhymney.
Five clubs from Cardiff will do battle in Three South East with Llanishen entertaining Fairwater on Saturday in a real derby encounter. Newly-promoted Llandaff North travel to the seaside to take on Penarth, Old Illtydians visit Llantwit Fardre and Abverdare play host to St Peter's.
Four West will see a renewal of the Pembrokeshire rivalry with the relegated Pembroke Dock Quins resuming league matches against Pembroke. Their first meeting could come as early as September 27. Quins open their programme away to Burry Port while Pembroke entertain Tenby.
This season, Four North and Five North have been renamed One North and Two North. Four North champions Caernarfon open up at Pwllheli who were champions of Five North last term.
The on and off-field benefits of schools and colleges employing a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub initiative continue to grow with the publication of the first half term figures of the current academic year.
Despite being in a tough group for the World Series opener in Dubai, Wales 7s head coach Gareth Williams says it is an exciting challenge and his squad are in a positive frame of mind, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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