Sam Domoni's looking forward to his Fiji side taking on Wales
Fiji head coach Sam Domoni is looking forward to taking on Wales as the countdown to the 2011 World Cup continues.
Wales take on the islanders in the final game of the group stages in New Zealand, an exact repeat of the 2007 edition in France. On that day Wales went down to a shock 38-34 loss.
Now Fiji boss Domoni is hoping his side can kick-start their World Cup preparations against the men in red as they bid to repeat the heroics which put Wales to the sword in Nantes three years ago.
The Fijians returned to the scene of their triumph on the weekend but fell to a 34-12 defeat at the hands of France in the first game of their European tour.
"It was a really hard game against France," said Domoni. "A few things didn't go our way, it was a big challenge to come up against the Six Nations champions.
"We have a few things we need to polish and put right. We only had six days before the France game. This is the start of the build-up to the World Cup for us. We would love to play tier one rugby every week.
"But with the international window, our rugby in Fiji and players around the world it's difficult. But to play tier one teams more would be a blessing for us.
"It's a long distance relationship. It's a heart-breaker when your other half doesn't turn up. That's something we have to live with.
"But we're honoured to be here and can learn a lot from playing in the Millennium Stadium and sucking in all the adrenalin. It helps us with the players we're trying to bring through.
"Everything is a challenge for us. Resources are always stretched and we have to make do with what we've got.
"We're in a better position now than we were before 2007. Next year is a very good year for us with the amount of test matches in the build-up to the World Cup.
"It's a small island, everyone plays rugby and everyone will be gelled to the radio or tv on Friday."
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.
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.