Warren Gatland's Wales will open their 2015 World Cup campaign against new opponents
Warren Gatland will learn the identity of the team against which his Wales side will kick-off their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign on 11 October.
Wales launch their bid to win rugby union's ultimate prize at the Millennium Stadium on 20 September next year and their first opponents will be determined by the outcome of the final two games in the near two-year global qualification process.
Wales were drawn in Pool A with hosts England and two-time champions Australia when the original draw was made. Since then Fiji has joined the Pool as the Oceanic champions after running in 17 tries in a 108-6 win over the Cook Islands.
But the final place in the five-team Pool will be decided by a two leg, repechage play-off between Russia and Uruguay, two teams Wales has yet to meet on the full international stage. The Russians beat Zimbabwe 23-15 in Krasnoyarsk at the start of August to reach the repechage final, while Uruguay triumphed 28-3 over Hong Kong in Montevideo.
Irish referee George Clancy will be the man-in-the-middle when the two teams meet in Krasnoyarsk in the first-leg on 27 September. France's Romain Poite will control the return match in Montevideo on 11 October
The Russians made their debut World Cup finals debut in New Zealand in 2011 tournament, while Uruguay has appeared at two tournaments.
2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A Fixtures
18 September - England v Fiji - Twickenham Stadium
20 September - Wales v Russian / Uruguay - Millennium Stadium
23 September - Australia v Fiji - Millennium Stadium
26 September - England v Wales - Twickenham Stadium
27 September - Australia v Russian / Uruguay - Villa Park
01 October - Wales v Fiji - Millennium Stadium
03 October - England v Australia - Twickenham Stadium
10 October - Wales v Australia - Twickenham Stadium
10 October - England v Russia / Uruguay - Manchester City Stadium
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.
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'.