Last season was one to remember for Glyncoch as they secured a league and cup double.
The Rhondda club added the SWALEC Bowl to their Division Six Central title as they went unbeaten throughout the season. But the importance of rugby in the area goes further than just the changing rooms with the sport playing an absolutely vital role in the community.
The 2011/12 season saw Glyncoch win all 22 of their league games, easily claiming the Six Central crown and racking up 106 points in the process. The team ran in a total of 135 tries and conceded just 21 as they ended up a massive 24 points clear of second placed Caerau Ely.
Add in a thrilling cup final victory at the Millennium Stadium and it's easy to see why Glyncoch are a club on the up. Trailing 14-0 to New Tredegar in last season's final, full-back Shaun Baggs masterminded a comeback to seal a 16-14 win as the club took home the SWALEC Bowl.
But with a past reputation for anti-social problems in the area, the rugby club is playing a key role in keeping locals off the street and getting them involved in the game.
"It's a tough council estate and there's not a lot going on so the club plays a huge role in providing an outlet for the boys on the estate," said Mark Rowlands, Glyncoch's head coach.
"The club has kept all the boys off the streets and it's vital in the area," added team manager and club chairman Dai Jones. "We try and do as much as we can for the boys and they come down at weekends to watch the matches and get involved in the club."
And this youth policy seems to be working with nine of the side who played in last season's Bowl final having come through the youth set up over the last three or four years.
The club's success has helped to improve the lives of those in the area with Glyncoch running a zero tolerance drugs policy on those who play for the club.
"We had a bad reputation in the past for fighting but we're looking to improve that now and go up the leagues."
And that is exactly what Glyncoch will be doing if last year is anything to go by with The Gladiators confident of success in Division Five.
"Our pre-season has been really good and the boys are up for the challenge so we should be there or thereabouts come the end of the season," said Rowlands.
"A cup run would be nice but we are focusing on the league. Only one player has left and we've got four or five new signings so we're looking strong," added Jones.
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.
Defending champions Coleg Sir Gar reached their second consecutive Millennium Stadium final as they defeated Coleg Gwent in the WRU Wednesday Under 18 play-off. Watch highlights of their narrow 10-8 win here.