Sixteen teams will battle it out to become Foster's National Sevens champions on Sunday
Tiger Tiger Cardiff has become the Official Entertainment Provider for the Foster's National Sevens (Sunday 24 August).
The city centre venue will provide entertainment via a DJ Truck and resident DJs throughout the day-long event at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. It will also host the Official Foster's 7s After Party at Tiger Tiger, with free entry to Foster's National Sevens ticket holders.
Holders Pontypridd take on rivals Cross Keys at 10.20 to kick off a whole day of top quality rugby sevens action, followed by Cardiff Met v Ebbw Vale, Bridgend v Swansea and Llanelli v RGC 1404, home club Cardiff facing last year's losing finalists Llandovery in the final game of Round One at 12.40. There is also a Plate competition for Round One losers, the Plate Final kicking off at 18.10 and the Cup Final scheduled for 18.40.
A host of Wales internationals will take to the field during the lunchtime interval in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre. Matthew Watkins, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer at the centre, has organised a game of touch rugby to raise funds and awareness and many players have pledged their support. Watkins and Dafydd James will captain the sides, while Tom Shanklin, Nathan Brew, Nathan Thomas, Gavin Thomas, Rhodri Gomer-Davies are among those who will feature, and many others including Matthew Rees who recently overcame testicular cancer will be supporting from the stand.
There is a beach-themed fancy dress competition, with the best dressed invited to take part in a kicking contest to win tickets for Wales v Australia on November 8.
Benn Morris, Business Development Manager, Heineken UK said, "Foster's, in partnership with the WRU are excited to support this great rugby occasion and to provide a great, fun consumer experience. Foster's 7s - A Good Call!"
Tickets for the day are just £10 for adults, £5 for Under 16s and £20 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets are available now via www.wru.co.uk/national7s, with a print at home option and by calling 0844 847 1881 (Ticketmaster) or 02920 230130 (Ticketline). On event day (Sunday), tickets are available from the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park ticket office.
Full First Round draw:
10.20 Pontypridd v Cross Keys
10.40 Cardiff Met v Ebbw Vale
11.00 Bridgend v Swansea
11.20 Llanelli v RGC 1404
11.40 Aberavon v Newport
12.00 Welsh Students v Bedwas
12.20 Neath v Carmarthen
12.40 Cardiff v Llandovery
The squads for the event will be released later today (Thursday)
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.
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'.