'The WRU holds no prejudice against any of its players and all are welcome to play and enjoy the game of rugby football regardless of gender, race, religion or sexuality. In fact the WRU actively promotes equality and equal opportunity at all levels of the game in Wales.
Women and Girls rugby in particular has made significant progress in recent years and the WRU is keen to maintain its development. Comments such as those made can only do harm to a game which is trying its best to provide sporting opportunities for young Welsh girls and women.'
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'.