The Help for Heroes campaign has broken trough the £1M mark thanks to the 52,000 who attended the Twickenham extravaganza on Saturday.
INTERNATIONAL SELECT XV 10 HELP FOR HEROES XV 29
Former Wales internationals Ieuan Evans, Scott Gibbs, Darren Morris, Gareth Llewellyn, Dafydd Jones and Colin Charvis all helped raise over £1.1 million for the charity which supports the rehabilitation of injured service personnel on Saturday afternoon. In front of a 52,000 strong crowd, the six Wales stars played their part at Twickenham as they turned out for an International XV against a Help the Heroes side
Youngsters Rhys Priestland, Kristian Phillips and Dafydd Hewitt will also have learnt a great deal from the experience of playing alongside and against some of the game's more famous faces.
Evans and Gibbs managed and captained the International XV respectively, with the latter stepping back on to the field of play for the first time since announcing his retirement four-and-a-half years ago.
Although Help for Heroes ran out 29-10 winners, it was a Welsh connection at the heart of the first score of the afternoon, with Gibbs providing a telling midfield break before supplying a scoring pass to Phillips on the opposition 10-metre lineafter eight minutes.
A Richard Hill try, together with a conversion and a penalty from Saracens' outside-half Alex Goode, pushed Help for Heroes into a 10-5 lead, before a close-range score from Bath prop Nathan Catt stretched their advantage to 10 points on the stroke of half-time.
Gibbs' men struck back through a Kenny Logan try five minutes after the break, with Priestland hitting the post with his conversion attempt from the left-hand touchline.
Former England centre Will Greenwood revived memories of his glory days by crossing for the Help for Heroes XV's third try of the day with 15 minutes left to play, before Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson settled matters with the final move of the game.
Recently-retired Lions hero Lawrence Dallaglio then showed another string to his bow by adding the conversion, albeit from directly underneath the posts.
Help for Heroes XV: M Roberts (Army); M Odejobi (Wasps), W Greenwood (England), J Robinson (England), D Luger (England), A Goode (Saracens), J Simpson (Wasps); N Catt (Bath), M Regan (Bristol, England), T Mercey (Saracens), R Sugden (Army), S Hobson (Bath), M Cornish (Royal Air Force), R Hill (England), L Dallaglio (England, capt)
Replacements: M Johnson (England), T O'Keeffe (Royal Marines), R Matthews (Royal Air Force), P Volley (London Scottish), M Offiah (Wigan Warriors, Great Britain RL), D Pascoe (Royal Navy), D Shabbo (London Irish), G Leonard (Royal Air Force), H Barratt (London Wasps)
International XV: J Bishop (Doncaster, Ireland); K Phillips (Ospreys), A Flammia (Royal Air Force), S Gibbs (Wales, capt), K Logan (Wasps, Scotland); R Priestland (Scarlets), G Easterby (Otley, Ireland); D Hilton (Bristol), G Bulloch (West of Scotland, Scotland), D Morris (Worcester, Wales), G Llewellyn (Wales), H Parr (Royal Air Force), D Jones (Scarlets, Wales), C Charvis (Newport Gwent Dragons, Wales), J Kava (Army)
Replacements: S Byrne (Saracens, Ireland), S Ruwers (Worcester), M Cormack (Royal Navy), M Lee (Army), Z Feaunati (Bath, Samoa), M Young (Newcastle), M Rhodes (Royal Marines), D Hewitt (Cardiff Blues), M Stephenson (Bath, England)
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.