Welsh rugby has a new challenge. Four sides from South Africa are coming to tackle Wales' finest in an exciting new Challenge cup.
Western Province, Blue Bulls, Free State and Eastern Province have accepted an invitation to play four leading Welsh clubs in a South Africa-Wales Challenge Cup.
The tournament, will see the South African outfits pitted against Cardiff, Bridgend, Pontypridd and Llanelli is scheduled to take place across Wales next month.
The South African teams will play against their Welsh counterparts on November 8 and 12.
The best South African and Welsh teams will then meet in a final on November 15.
The similar time zones, the significant South African population in the UK and the high-profile players from the country plying their trade in Wales contributed towards the establishment of the competition.
The Challenge cup represents an important development in world club rugby, and gives Welsh players some excellent preparation ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.
Round 1: 8 November
Pontypridd v Blue Bulls,
Cardiff v Free State,
Llanelli v WP,
Bridgend v EP
(kick-off times to be confirmed by home teams and television).
Round 2: 12 November
Cardiff v Blue Bulls,
Pontypridd v Free State,
Bridgend v WP,
Llanelli v EP.
Final: 15 November
Welsh team v SA team.
(At ground of Welsh club that qualifies for final)
How will our sides do...Can we complete with the South Africans?
Do we need another Challenge Cup in an already crowded season?
Is this the sort of preparation we need before the World Cup?
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.