Principality Premiership leaders Neath suffered a 27-24 defeat to Newport, a result that seriously dents their title hopes.
Neath out scored Newport by four tries to two, with Gareth King, Gareth Gravelle and Alex Jenkins among the scorers. Mike Poole and Richard Dale crossed for Newport, with Lewis Roblyn scoring a crucial five penalties, which was the difference between the teams by the final whistle.
Pontypool suffered another defeat at the hands of Ebbw Vale in a bottom of the table clash. Andrew Bevan and Rhys Jenkins both crossed the line for Ebbw Vale, complimented by four Gareth Bowen penalties achieving a winning margin of 22-12.
Llanelli produced a strong performance to beat Cardiff at Cardiff Arms Park, 42-24. Nick Reynolds, Ceri Jones, Nathan White, John Lewis and Justin James all contributed tries to Llanelli, winning a bonus point along the way. Prop Christian Day scored for Cardiff, as well as Garyn Lucas and Owen Ruttley.
Carmarthen Quins achieved a narrow victory over Bedwas, winning 30-28 in a closely fought game. Bedwas outscored the Quines by four tries to one; Rob Carter, James Murphy, Jamie Jones and Stewart Thomas all crossing the line. Bedwas suffered with indiscipline, conceding six penalties, all slotted over by Gareth Cull as he led Carmarthen to victory.
Llandovery ran in five tries against Glamorgan Wanderers; Adam Yelland, Joe Ajuwa, Howard Thomas, Lloyd Phillips and Dean Fitzgerald taking their chances to score. Cerith Rees converted four tries and added a further penalty to seal the 36-17 triumph. Gareth Knight and Harry Trelawney scored for Glamorgan, with Daniel Fish adding a penalty as well as two conversions.
An exiting game between Pontypridd and Aberavon ended 28-28 at Sardis Road. Chris Clayton, Aaron Branwell and Rhys Downs scored for the home side, with Dean Gunter adding three penalties and one conversion. Ben Thomas, Chris Morgan and Rory Gallagher contributed the Aberavon points total with tries, with Jamie Davies matching Gunter's efforts of three penalties and one conversion.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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.