Staff from the Newport Gwent Dragons' Community Department delivered a CPD evening on the subject of scrum ready to a packed audience of coaches and players at the split venues of Monmouth Rugby Club and Haberdashers School on Tuesday, February 5.
The evening commenced with a scrum ready Power point presentation at the clubhouse from Nigel Way, WRU coach development officer for Gwent.
This was followed by a practical session from Women's & Girls officer, Gwesyn Price-Jones, former Wales hooker Lloyd Burns and Chris Cornford, WRU Participation officer for Newport. Rugby Apprentice Scott Matthews from the Dragons academy was also on hand to assist.
The session dealt with issues and techniques surrounding core stability and scrum profile. Both coaches and players were taken through a series of new and innovative skills & Drills.
Nearly 50 coaches, staff and players attended and the evening concluded back at the clubhouse with a Q & A session conducted by Gwent Dragons community rugby manager Greg Woods on our current pathway structure and the game in Wales.
Lloyd Davies, Chairman of Monmouth RFC commented: "We are delighted with the support that we have received from the WRU Dragons coaching team over the course of the last 24 months. We qualified a further 10 Level 2 coaches this summer at the newly accredited WRU training facility at Monmouth Leisure Centre.
"We now have the most qualified coaching set up per age group in the region, which is great news for rugby players in the area.
"The Dragons CPD events are always excellent and the players and the coaches very much appreciate the effort that they put into each session."
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.