The annual audit and assessment of all clubs wishing to participate in next season's Principality Premiership and British and Irish Cup has been completed by the Welsh Rugby Union.
The criteria system was introduced in season 2005/6 to ensure Welsh rugby continues to drive forward the way clubs are run, players and coaches are developed and to ensure a high standard of facilities are provided for all players and spectators across the semi-professional game.
The checks were carried out to ensure that all clubs qualified to play in the Principality Premiership satisfy an agreed set of criteria which covers areas such as finances and administration, regulatory compliance, player development programmes and ground facilities.
All clubs within the Premiership have to achieve the agreed criteria and all SWALEC Division One clubs seeking promotion are also measured by the same standards.
Clubs involved in the process have now been informed of the result of the WRU audit.
All 14 of the current Principality Premiership clubs achieved the criteria standards. They are: Aberavon, Bedwas, Cardiff, Carmarthen Quins, Cross Keys, Ebbw Vale, Glamorgan Wanderers, Llandovery, Llanelli, Neath, Newport, Pontypool, Pontypridd and Swansea.
The First Division clubs that applied for qualification and passed the criteria are: Blackwood and Newbridge from SWALEC Division One East and Tonmawr from Division One West.
Clubs pushing for places in next season's British and Irish Cup are required to meet a higher standard of criteria with ten Premiership clubs making the grade: Aberavon, Cardiff, Cross Keys, Glamorgan Wanderers, Llandovery, Llanelli, Neath, Newport, Pontypridd and Swansea.
WRU Head of Rugby Performance and Development Joe Lydon said: "This announcement again recognises not only the hard work that exists across throughout the game in Wales but also the ambition of those clubs to raise the standards both on and off the field.
"All clubs from outside and within the Premiership who have successfully passed the criteria should be congratulated and all associated with Welsh rugby can look forward with confidence knowing that great strides are being made to ensure the standards and performance of the Principality Premiership are being raised both on and off the pitch.
"The British and Irish Cup, which was introduced this season, has afforded the Welsh clubs the challenge of cross border competition, and has been met with a huge amount of enthusiasm from players, coaches and supporters alike."
Chris Clarke, spokesperson for the Premier clubs, said: "The Premier clubs fully support the WRU and the drive to maintain and enhance the administration and facilities of Premiership clubs in Wales.
"This has been demonstrated by the considerable expenditure and investment of some clubs to advance those standards for sponsors, members and visitors to enjoy rugby at Premiership grounds.
"The Premier Clubs are delighted to be involved in a cross-border competition and those not involved this season are fighting to gain a place for next term, which in itself provides added interest and bite to the Premiership. The clubs have benefitted from that experience and understand the higher standards required in hosting cross-border teams, supporters, media and commercial partners."
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.