Ireland's Alan Lewis will referee Wales' summer clash with world champions South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 5 June.
One of his fellow countrymen, George Clancy, will then take charge of the first of Wales' two Tests against the All Blacks later in the month. Clancy will be in the middle for the first Test in Dunedin on 19 June, while South Africa's Jonathan Kaplan will control the second test in Hamilton on 26 June. Welsh referee Nigel Owens has been given charge of England's first Test against Australia in Perth on 12 June and will be the number one touch judge for the second Test in Sydney a week later. Owens will also control the Tri Nations game between South Africa and New Zealand in Johannesburg on 21 August. He is then due to be the number one touch judge for the Tri Nations clashes between South Africa and Australia on 28 August and 4 September.
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.