The Dragons were the only Welsh region to emerge with a victory from the opening round of pre-season friendlies at the weekend, beating English Championship side Bristol 34-19.
New skipper Lee Byrne led out the side and had fellow new recruits Andy Powell, Aled Brew and Boris Stankovich alongside him. Tries from Jason Tovey and Rynard Landman helped he visitors lead 20-12 at the interval and Cory Hill and Owen Evans added further touchdowns in the second half.
Cardiff Blues new head coach Mark Hammett saw his side go down 24-17 to Exeter Chiefs at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night. Three first-half tries from the visitors saw them jump into a 24-7 lead before the Blues launched a spirited second half revival.
Newcomer George Watkins showed his pace to score the opening try for the home side and after the break there were further scores from Chris Dicomidis and Ellis Jenkins. The Blues meet Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Friday, 29 August in their final warm-up game before the Guinness PRO12 season kicks-off.
The Ospreys conceded a try after only 13 seconds in their 23-6 defeat at the home of English Championship side Worcester Warriors and never really recovered. The Warriors ran in two more tries, while the only points for the Welsh region came from the boot of outside half Sam Davies.
The Scarlets welcomed back Wales centre Scott Williams for his first game in six months in their 26-26 draw at Bath. Both sides scored four tries, with Williams marking his return with one of them for the visitors.
It was a first outing for new head coach Wayne Pivac and he would have been delighted to see Regan King slot back into the midfield so easily after returning to the club from Clermont Auvergne. King helped Williams grab his try in the second half after the Scarlets' had changed ends 12-7 in arrears.
Rob McCusker scored a first-half try on his return from injury and the others came from James Davies and Aled Davies.
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
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.