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."
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'.