The Big Lunch in Wales coordinator Gwion Thorpe with Morgan Stoddart.
Former Wales star Morgan Stoddart has kicked off the partnership between the WRU and UK-wide initiative, The Big Lunch, by encouraging rugby clubs across the country to open their doors to the community this summer and hold a Big Lunch.
The Big Lunch is an Eden Project made possible by the Big Lottery Fund. It encourages neighbourhoods and community groups to come together on one day a year to share a few hours of fun, friendship and food. The sixth annual Big Lunch takes place on Sunday 1st June 2014.
Stoddart said, "Rugby is the national sport of Wales and many of our clubs are at the heart of communities across the country.
"It is a sport which brings communities, families and friends together as well as helping to break down inter-generational and social barriers. It therefore has a great deal of synergy with the concepts behind The Big Lunch.
Head of Group Compliance at the at WRU, Julie Paterson added "By supporting The Big Lunch we are encouraging our clubs to open their doors to the local community and welcome new people of all ages into the rugby clubs to meet new people, make new friends and most importantly have a good time.
"A rugby club Big Lunch will also be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of a fantastic rugby season and thank existing members, coaches, volunteers and supporters for all their hard work throughout the season.
"All our clubs rely on a strong team of community volunteers, players and coaches in order to run on a day-to-day basis so The Big Lunch is a great way of inviting everyone in the local community, from young to old, to have a natter and get involved in our national sport."
Gwion Thorpe, coordinator of The Big Lunch in Wales, said: "We are delighted that the WRU is supporting The Big Lunch this year. Coming from South West Wales I know just how important a thriving rugby club is to the local community.
"We're hoping that hundreds of rugby clubs across Wales will host a Big Lunch for their local community this June to bring everyone together for some good food, a good bit of banter and to also attract new members and supporters.
For anyone interested in getting involved in The Big Lunch this June, free starter packs are now available from www.thebiglunch.com. Packs include invitations and posters to adapt for your community, as well as seeds, bunting templates and an inspiration booklet with lots of ideas and info to help get you started. The WRU will also be supporting rugby club Big Lunch events with posters, flyers and banners to advertise in the local community.
The Big Lunch is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and partnered by Halifax, ASDA and StreetClub by B&Q. Now in its sixth year, the simple idea from the Eden Project aims to provide neighbours with an opportunity to get to know one another better. Big Lunches can be big or small and they don't need to cost much because everyone brings something to the table. People are the key ingredient!
Getting your own Big Lunch off the ground is simple and inexpensive. In 2013 over 3.65 million people took part in Big Lunches across the UK, including thousands from Wales.
Request your free pack from www.thebiglunch.com and join the millions of UK neighbours sitting down to lunch together in their communities on Sunday 1 June 2014."
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.