Tonight sees the draw for the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup and PARKER PEN SHIELD, broadcast live on BBC1 Wales at 6.45...
Llanelli fly the flag for Wales in the premier European competition,
Reigning champions Leicester Tigers, Celtic league runners up Munster, and French giants Castres Olympique complete a strong Heineken Cup semi-final line up.
Munster and Leicester have made it to the semi-final stages of the Heineken cup for the third consecutive year, but the two sides have never met in a semi-final match. They have met in a friendly though, last April -in that game Leicester ran out winners 25 to 17.
Llanelli could face Leicester for the third time this season. The Scarlets lost the first game 12-9 at Welford Stadium, but trumped the Tigers 24-12 at Stradey Park thanks to the kicking of man of the moment Stephen Jones.
This is the first time Castres Olympique have made it to the final four. They qualified by winning Pool 4, and then edging past French rivals Montferrand 22-21 in last months quarter-final.
Welsh hopes in the PARKER PEN SHIELD lie with Pontypridd. In this seasons shield competition, English sides dominate. Sale Sharks, London Irish and Gloucester complete the line up. The PARKER PEN SHIELD draw takes place at 6.20pm (GMT) and will be shown on BBC1 Wales.
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'.