Wales Schools Under16 opened their season with an A team victory over Italy A by 16-13 in Calvisano, while the squad will play a full international tomorrow (Saturday) against Italy at the same venue. The A side followed their wins of last season over England by 18-3 and 22-16 with another solid performance and led 2-1 on the try-count.
It was 8-3 at the interval with a try by wing Darren Daniel and a penalty by fly half Aaron Hopkins, but Italy closed to 8-6 when flanker Ross Johnson crossed for a try to put Wales ahead at 13-6. Italy scored a converted try to level the scores only for Hopkins to kick the winning penalty.
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.
The entire Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Department gathered at the Millennium Stadium earlier this week where WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey looked back on a year where structural and strategic changes have seen significant progress made