Glamorgan Wanderers make a rare breakout against dominant Ebbw Vale.
The first day of the SWALEC Championship season saw a rampant performance from Ebbw Vale as the side scored 12 tries in a confident 74-13 victory at Glamorgan Wanderers.
Two tries from Charlie Simpson and a hat trick from flanker Ronny Kynes helped the away team trounce the young Wanderers side as The Steelmen go to the top of the table.
Elsewhere, Narbeth got off to a strong start as they saw off Tata Steel in a 45-21 home win, with two tries from Jason Howells helping the side to a comfortable start.
Two tries from winger Gareth Dare helped Bargoed beat Whitland 38-5 whilst Newbridge got off to winning ways with a narrow 25-30 victory away at Llanharan.
It was tight between Bridgend Athletic and Bonymaen, as the away side came from behind to win 28-29, thanks to three conversions and a penalty from fly-half Ian Brooks.
In another close encounter, Beddau fought back from a half time deficit to beat home side Pontypool 27-30. Finally, despite two tries in the second half, the re-named Cardiff Met got the season off to a slow start with a 13-19 home defeat against Blackwood.
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.
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'.