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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.