Pontypridd will battle on with a squad depleted by injuries and regional and international call-ups, to fulfill their next fixture, a home league tie against Pontypool tomorrow evening (KO 7:15pm.)
Playing their second game of three crammed into a seven day period, Ponty will have little time to dwell on a disappointing away defeat at Rotherham in the British & Irish Cup last weekend, as they go all out to secure valuable league points against bottom placed club Pontypool.
Absent through injury for the Pooler match are centres Adam Thomas (leg) and Dafydd Lockyer (groin), outside half Matthew Hutchings (ankle), prop Sam Hobbs (head),lock Chris Martenko (back), and flankers Kristian Dacey (shoulder), Wayne O'Connor (ribs) and Darren Waters (toe).
On Magners League duty with the Blues senior squad this week are hooker Huw Dowden and outside half Dai Flanagan, whilst scrum half Rhys Downes, hooker Rhys Williams and lock McCauley Cook are with the Wales under 20s squad. Flanker Rhys Lloyd is away on work commitments.
Selection will be boosted however by the timely return from Wales Sevens duties of full back Aaron Bramwell and centre Gavin Dacey, with all the Williams' - props Stuart and Jon and wing Owen making their comebacks from injury. Drafted in on permit for Ponty are second row Craig Locke from Mountain Ash and back rowers Alun Thomas from Ynysybwl and Matthew Rees from Merthyr.
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'.