The bad weather hit this week's SWALEC Championship fixtures with only three games going ahead.
Tata Steel tightened their grip on fourth place with a hard fought win at home against Bonymaen. The visitors were abrasive and plucky throughout, but were outscored by three tries to nil, to go down 15-6. Impressive scrum-half Martin Luckwell opened the scoring for Tata. Lock Ben Davis crashed over to top off a strong performance, while flanker Rob Hill's five-pointer completed the scoring for the hosts. Bonymaen's points came from the boot of Robert Cunliffe.
Llanharan suffered a shock 19-10 defeat at home to basement battlers Pontypool. Flanker James Benjamin was the hero for Ponty as he slid over for two vital scores. Prop Sam Cook also trundled over the whitewash with Clayton Gullis converting two of the three tries. It was only Ponty's second victory of the season. Defeat for the home team has dealt their hopes of a fifth place finish a severe blow. Tries from Nathan Huish and Tom Piper failed to turn the tide. Llanharan are seventh with Ponty second from bottom.
Bridgend Athletic turned over high-flying Narberth in a 15-14 nail biter. Narberth's two tries were not enough to halt the clinical home side. Narberth remain fifth and are five points behind Tata in fourth. Bridgend remain ninth but have closed the gap on eighth placed Beddau, to two points.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
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.