WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis(right) and Cllr Allan Pritchard(centre) leader of Caerphilly Council with Joe Lydon, Head of Rugby Performance and Development with the WRU at the site of the proposed new development
The WRU has given its backing to ambitious plans to build a £6m centre for sporting excellence in Ystrad Mynach.
Set in the heart of the South Wales valleys, the proposals were announced yesterday where WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis joined Caerphilly county council leader Allan Pritchard and key sporting representatives in the unveiling of the project.
Plans would see two 3G artificial pitches developed at Ystrad Mynach for football and rugby with lighting, stands, terracing, car parking and a gym all on the blueprint.
Mr Lewis said, "It's a pleasure for the WRU to be sitting along Caerphilly county council and the FAW. In these changing times we have to be working together.
"The project is an exemplar of how we can work together from elite to grassroots. We totally support and endorse this ambition."
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.