Welsh rugby can celebrate having four teams in the Heineken Cup next season, with the Scarlets admitting that qualification will have a hugely positive effect on the future success of the region.
The Scarlets crept into Europe's premier competition through the back door after Cardiff Blues won Sunday's Amlin Challenge Cup Final against Toulon.
That 28-21 triumph over the French giants in Marseilles secured a fourth Heineken Cup berth for Welsh sides, with the Scarlets the team to benefit.
The Scarlets missed out on automatic qualification by finishing as the fourth Welsh region in this season's Magners League and had been preparing for a year in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
But Sunday's historic result now means the Llanelli-based outfit will have the chance to go one better than their 2002 and 2007 Heineken Cup semi-final defeats to Leicester when the competition kicks off again in October.
And Scarlets team manager Garan Evans has no doubt that the news is a massive boost to the region in more ways than one.
"It's so important to us as a region," said Evans.
"You can look at every aspect - there will be more season ticket holders and it helps if you are looking to bring players in. It's easier to sell the club when it's in the Heineken Cup.
"We got in through the back door when we would have liked to have done it ourselves. But all credit to the Blues for helping out the Scarlets."
And while Blues boss Dai Young was enjoying his side's moment of glory at the Stade Veledrome, he too expressed his delight at the Scarlets' presence in next year's top-tier tournament.
"I'm sure we've put a lot of smiles on a lot of Scarlets' fans' faces and I'm thrilled for that as well," said Young.
"They deserve to be in Europe - a lot of good things are happening down there so it will be great to have four Welsh regions in Europe next year."
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.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.
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