That win took Saracens to the top of their division as Llanishen fell to defeat at Pill Harriers. News from the Saracens is that they are blossoming at the Newport Civil Service club and intend to remain there and hopefully erect floodlights. The turnaround is mainly due to coaches Phil Booth and Paul Evans, both former Newport players. Several players lost to the club two seasons ago are now back on board.
Penarth referee Barry Gregory was in charge of a Division One match last week between Dunvant and Whitland that was settled in the final seconds, but he rated his previous match between Newbridge and Llandovery as the best match he has been involved in this season. Both sides played magnificent rugby and though Llandovery lost, Gregory
rated centre Tracey Lewis as an outstanding performer in the division.
Congratulations to Phil Fear of Llanharan, who made it from Newbury to Bournemouth as the England-New Zealand under-19 Schools match was switched due to frost. Phil then had to travel again for his next job, running the line with Lyn Davies of Porth as Colin Saunders controlled the Valladolid-L'Aquilla Parker Pen Shield match.
Scrum half Jamie Churcher won Wales Youth caps and played for St Peter's and Newbridge, but last Saturday he ran in three tries to help Fairwater maintain their lead in Division 7 East. Also in the Fairwater squad is the former Great Britain Rugby League star Phil Ford, who has moved down the divisions after appearing for Rumney.
Rumney gave a debut to Tongan star flanker Paoli Mosoe against Bedwas, having played one second team match since travelling from New Zealand. In their previous match, Rumney gave a debut to centre Shane McIntosh, formerly of the King Country and several Welsh clubs. Shane, brother of Pontypridd skipper Dale, is now a police officer, and he opened at
Rumney with a debut try against Blackwood. This week, prop James Alvis, formerly of Pontypridd, Newport and Bristol, has joined the East Cardiff-based club from Exeter.
There were some outstanding performances in the league matches, but none more so than Pyle's 31-18 win over Heol-y-Cyw in Division 5 Central. Well done to them and also add Cwmtwrch for their first point - a 20-20 draw away to Cwmgwrach; Ogmore Vale in upsetting Tonna 17-15; Gilfach Goch who beat Dinas Powys 21-11 and Briton Ferry with a 17-16 win at Nantymoel.
Lastly, a mention to the unbeaten clubs. We are down to four - Llantwit Fardre (13 wins in 3 East), Brynamman (12 wins in 5 West), Maesteg Quins (12 wins in 5 Central) and Nant Conwy (eight wins in 6 North).
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'.