Wales will kick-off the 2003 Six Nations Championship with an away trip to Italy.
Steve Hansen's men will face the only team they managed to beat in the 2002 campaign at Stadio Flaminio on either 15/16 February.
A week later, Wales will be on home soil at the Millennium Stadium to face arch-rivals England.
Their other home game is against Ireland on 22/23 March, while they also have to travel to Scotland (8/9 March) and France (29/30 March).
The first round of matches will see a head-to-head between last season's top two sides, Grand Slam champions France and runners-up England at Twickenham.
Scotland host third placed Ireland at Murrayfield on the same weekend.
The Irish are faced with two successive away games at the start of the championship, having to travel to Italy a week later.
The championship has been condensed into a seven week period for the first time in its history. The first two rounds of matches will be played on successive weekends; there will be a fortnight before round three; another two week gap before round four, with round five following the weekend after.
2003 SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP
England v France
Scotland v Ireland
Italy v Wales
Wales v England
France v Scotland
Italy v Ireland
Ireland v France
Scotland v Wales
England v Italy
Wales v Ireland
England v Scotland
Italy v France
France v Wales
Ireland v England
Scotland v Italy
Details of dates and kick-off times will be confirmed in due course.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
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'.