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.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.