SWALEC Cup champions Pontypridd will travel to SWALEC Championship side Bargoed for the first round of next season's competition, which takes place on January 10, while runners up Cross Keys must beat Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets in order to progress further.
Last season's SWALEC Plate winners, Merthyr, have been drawn against fellow SWALEC Championship newcomers Glynneath at home in Round One, while Cardiff host Bridgend and Newport take on Aberavon in two other all-Premiership Round One encounters. Neath take on RGC 1404, Bedwas host Pontypool and Llandovery take on Narberth while two other all-Championship Round One clashes see Tondu take on Cardiff Met and Blackwood play Llanharan. Carmarthen, Tata Steel, Ebbw Vale, Newbridge, Swansea and Bridgend Athletic have byes into Round Two.
In the SWALEC Plate, which kicks off on September 27, the winners of last season's SWALEC Bowl, Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd, have been rewarded with a home draw against Brecon in Round One, while in Round One of the SWALEC Bowl, which also kicks off on September 27, last season's Bowl finalists Llantwit Major travel to Treharris.
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'.