Llanelli will need a strong game plan at Stradey Park on Saturday if they are to end Leicester Tigers' record 11-match Heineken Cup winning run - and be in with a shout of going through to the quarter-finals as one of the best two runners-up.Phil Murphy, Perpignan's Canadian back row forward who left the Scarlets with a mountain to climb after their 42-10 triumph in France last Friday night, believes the Tigers are firm favourites for the Pool 1 clash in front of the BBC Grandstand cameras. 'It was good to win at home against Llanelli,' said Murphy. 'We knew what to expect from a very heavy, physical pack and we tried to move them about a lot more than we would normally have done to tire them out.'Then we let our backs do the business. It worked out right - they got tired and we put 40 points on the board.'And for Llanelli to beat Leicester, they will have to kill the ball a lot more.'If they let the English forwards play the ball next week they will never stop them. They are renowned for increasing in momentum during a match. They start at 200 mph and finish at 250.'I'm not saying Leicester are unstoppable because I believe we could have beaten them on a better day, it all depends on the team mentality. There are no guaranteed wins or losses in rugby anymore, but I certainly think Llanelli will have to try and slow the game down, then use their big centres to crash through.'I would put Leicester to win by eight points, simply because I have played them twice and lost twice. I only played in the home match against Llanelli and we won that game.'Llanelli now have it all to do - team manager Anthony Buchanan pinning a large slice of their hopes on pride in the Scarlet jersey.'We are a proud club and know we have to get things back on track immediately,' said the former Wales prop. 'We have a big game on Saturday to prepare for.'We have to get back together for Leicester with a positive determination and a positive attitude - we have a few players to come back and we can turn this around.'A win in Perpignan would have left Llanelli nicely placed to challenge for the group leadership and at worst be right up there amongst the best runners-up with their current 22 tries.'It was hugely disappointing,' added Buchanan. 'But there are no excuses. We went there with ambition and that was destroyed. Perpignan are a good side and we saw French rugby at its best.'
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.