After a dramatic final round of regular season action in the Magners League the stage is now set for two epic Play-Off semi-finals this weekend - Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, on Friday night (7.05pm) and Leinster v Munster in Dublin on Saturday (8.00pm).
Cardiff Blues just fell short of making the final four despite beating reigning champions Munster 13-12 at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Blues needed to win and deny their visitors' a bonus point to join the Ospreys in the Play-Offs.
They led 10-3 at one stage in the first half, thanks to a Ben Blair penalty and conversion of Jamie Roberts' try. But then three more penalties from the immaculate boot of Munster skipper Ronan O'Gara put the Irishmen in the driving seat at 12-10 at the break.
The Blues, who are already in the Amlin Challenge Cup final against Toulon on Sunday, 23 May, were unable to breakdown the Munster defence in the second half and only grabbed victory with a 52 metre Leigh Halfpenny penalty deep into injury time.
It meant their seventh successive victory in all competitions counted for little in the end as Munster secured a semi-final clash with arch-rivals Leinster in Dublin on Saturday night.
The Blues will now be able to concentrate on their European final clash with high-flying Toulon in Marseille when they hope to become the first Welsh team to win a major Euro title.
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.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.
The entire Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Department gathered at the Millennium Stadium earlier this week where WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey looked back on a year where structural and strategic changes have seen significant progress made
The Welsh Rugby Union has released a specially produced video to spearhead a new campaign to help promote the values of rugby union. The video, entitled Let us Play underpins the WRU rugby department's philosophy - to engage, transfer and retain players, coaches and referees.