At the conclusion of a weekend of unexpected results that saw a feast of running rugby, three of the four Magners League Play-Off semi-finalists can be confirmed, but none has yet secured the vital home advantage.
Leinster, Ospreys and Glasgow Warriors are assured of a top four finish, whilst Munster, Cardiff Blues and Edinburgh must fight it out for the 4th and final Play-Off place next round.
Scarlets recorded their highest ever Magners League score with a 58-10 victory over Connacht, their 9 tries equalling their all time record.
Deiniol Jones arrival off the bench for Cardiff Blues set a new Magners League record with 118 appearances, whilst his team mate, Ben Blair, broke through 500 career points on Friday night.
ROUND 17 RESULTS
Friday 23 April 2010 at Firhill Stadium
Glasgow Warriors (13) 30: Rob Dewey(2T) Bernardo Stortoni(T) Dan Parks(3C/3P)
Leinster (6) 6: Ian Madigan(2P)
Friday 23 April 2010 at Rodney Parade
Newport Gwent Dragons (8) 14: Ben Castle(T) James Arlidge(3P)
Cardiff Blues (3) 20: Ben Blair(2C/2P) Gavin Evans(T) Ceri Sweeney(T)
Saturday 24 April 2010 at Thomond Park
Munster (3) 11: Ronan O'Gara(T/2P)
Ospreys (6) 15: Dan Biggar(5P)
Sunday 25 April 2010 at Murrayfield
Edinburgh Rugby (10) 25: Phil Godman(2C/2P) Andrew Turnbull(T) Tim Visser(2T)
Ulster (10) 37: Stephen Ferris(T) Ian Humphreys(T/2C/P) Jamie Smith(T) Niall O'Connor(C/P) Simon Danielli(T) Ian Whitten(T)
Sunday 25 April 2010 at Parc y Scarlets
Scarlets (31) 58: Jonathan Davies(2T) Sean Lamont(T) Regan King(2T) Rhys Priestland(5C/P) Rhys M. Thomas(2T) Rob McCusker(T) Josh Turnbull(T)
Connacht (3) 10: Eoin Griffin(T) Ian Keatley(C/P)
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.