Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes Sam Warburton to Downing Street.
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the victorious British and Irish Lions rugby squad to a reception at No 10 Downing Street earlier today.
Head coach Warren Gatland and skipper Sam Warburton led the group as players and back room staff flew in from across the home nations (and France) respectively to meet up for the first time since their stunning series win against Australia in the summer.
The Cardiff Blues flanker led the Lions to a 2-1 series triumph against the Wallabies in a series where a number of Welsh players enhanced their reputations.
Mr Cameron was presented with Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton's No 10 jersey and said his son Arthur had been inspired to play rugby because of the Lions' exploits.
He said: "It's a huge honour. My son, just because of you guys, has just started tag rugby. He will be so excited about this jersey."
Mr Cameron congratulated captain Sam Warburton and coach Warren Gatland as they brought along the Tom Richards Cup to Number 10.
The PM said: "Come tell me all about it, what it felt like to lift the cup."
Warburton joked: "Heavy. I shared it so it made it a bit easier."
As the players arrived at the famous door of Number 10 many posed for photos including England's Tom Croft, who is using crutches following a knee ligament injury suffered while playing for Leicester.
Gatland approached Number 10 with Warburton, although the pair initially struggled to gain entry as they pushed and pulled at the door before using the door knocker. Gatland joked: "We can't get in."
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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
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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.