Last season's East 1 champions, Ebbw Vale, proved too good for Glamorgan Wanderers.
Glamorgan Wanderers got a taste of how tricky life is likely to be in the Swalec Division 1 East as they found themselves overpowered by Ebbw Vale 30-14 at home.
It was sweet revenge for the Steelmen over the newly relegated Premiership outfit following their defeat by them in last season's end of season play-offs. There were no slip-ups this time, though, as tries from Nicky Coughlin, Tom Daly, Dan Deardon, Ross Jones and Tom Ashmead allowed the visitors to hit back from an early 8-0 and then 14-10 deficit to win with a bonus point.
While last season's champions were giving the relegated team a hard time, the 2010/11 runners-up, Newbridge were teaching newly promoted Tredegar a thing or two on their trip up the Gwent valley. There were eight tries in a 50-22 triumph for the visitors.
Last season's Division 2 East champions Mountain Ash didn't fare much better. Unbeaten throughout last season's promotion drive, Mountain Ash found themselves conceding two tries and going down to a 13-0 defeat at Beddau.
Rhys Morgan grabbed the only points of the game at Treorchy when he crossed for a try on 10 minutes to give Blackwood a 5-0 victory, while Bargoed wing Lee Pearson was the star performer as he ran in four of his side's five tries in a 32-6 win over visiting Rumney.
There were also five tries for Gilfach Goch, and 19 points for Ian Davies, in their resounding 44-18 home win over Merthyr, while Ystrad Rhondda ran in seen in their 51-3 home triumph in Division 2 East over Bedlinog. There were also five tries at home for Heol y Cyw in their 41-27 win over Llantrisant, while Ynysywbl got six in their 53-10 triumph at Tylorstown.
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.