Cardiff RFC kept their season alive with a thrilling comeback to break Newport hearts at Rodney Parade last night.
Rudy Joubert publicly stated that he now believes his side are capable of winning the Welsh/Scottish League for the second time in three seasons. Newport in contrast have seen their season fall apart in recent weeks. From leading the league with games in hand, they now trail League leaders Neath by five points.
It ever there was a game of two halves then this was it. The Black and Ambers seemed to be in complete control at half time as they went in 14- nil to the good - courtesy of a drop goal and two penalties from Shane Howarth, and a Matt Mosytn try.
Joubert must have put something in the interval refreshments because it was a different Cardiff side that turned out in the second half. Anthony Sullivan and centre Jamie Robinson scored second half tries, and Iestyn Harris slotted over a penalty making the final score 17-14 to Cardiff.
Cardiff have now beaten Newport three times this season, and if Cardiff can win all their remaining games this season, including the big one- an away tie at Llanelli- they will take the title.
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