Wales Dragons A head for Manchester in confident mood as they prepare to defend their Sainsbury's 2014 School Games Girls Rugby Sevens title at Manchester University.
The Dragons A team have been drawn in Pool A alongside London and South East England, England Midlands and Scotland while Dragons B tangle with South West England, North England and Ireland.
Winger Elli Norkett will spearhead the attack alongside fly half Hannah Jones. The duo played prominent roles in last season's success and were fast tracked into the Wales Six Nations squad while Jasmine Joyce Alisha Butchers make welcome returns as well.
Dragons A Team Manager Daryl Morgan, said: "We're really pleased with the way the girls have trained and developed over the past eight weeks. The team is really well balanced with a great mix of youth and experience.
"There are some players who this time last year hadn't picked up a rugby ball, but their progress has been quite outstanding, and on the other side of the coin we've still got players like Elli Norkett who has just come back from the Womens World Cup in France, Hannah Jones and one of the stars of last year's tournament, Jasmine Joyce.
"It's going to be a really tough tournament with South West England and especially Ireland bringing really strong teams, but with the balance of the team along with the attitude and focus the girls have shown in training we are confident of being really competitive once again and will mount a strong defence of the title we won in Sheffield last year."
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event