It's business as usual for Gareth Jenkin's Tiger taming Scarlets on Friday as Llanelli put their impressive Heineken Cup victory over English Champions Leicester behind them to travel to Newport in a top-of-the-table
Welsh/Scottish League clash.
And director of rugby Jenkins has warned the Black & Ambers that Llanelli
experienced no Heineken hangover this week as they learned of their
quarter-final draw against Bath and that Newport will under-estimate them
this weekend at their Peril.
"We were all on a high last Saturday after the victory over Leicester, but
the talk in the dressing room on Monday morning, from myself and the senior
players, was about professional rugby," said Jenkins.
"We are back to the business of the Welsh/Scottish league at Rodney Parade
on Friday night, that is our stock in trade and in the professional era it's
a game every bit as important as the Heineken Cup quarter final next week.
"Of course we have one eye on our trip to Bath, but all our video analysis
this week is of Newport because we don't want to be going to the Rec on the back of a loss.
"We are in the business of winning rugby games and the Black and Ambers will be taken very seriously at the weekend."
Llanelli will select from a full squad on Friday morning after a number of
fitness tests to key players.
"It may be that some of the unsung heroes at the club get a chance to shine on Friday night," added Jenkins
"But we have spent a lot of money assembling a good squad of players at
Stradey Park and if Newport are expecting to face a weakened Llanelli at the weekend they will be underestimating us."
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.