Wales coach Steve Hansen will be at The Gnoll on Friday night when Neath meet defending champions Leicester Tigers with New Zealander Hansen looking for Wales' entrants in the competition to build up confidence that will rub off on the national cause.
"The Heineken Cup provides another level of competition up from the normal and gives me and the Welsh coaching staff the opportunity to see and assess players at this higher standard," said the former Canterbury Crusaders coach.
"The Heineken Cup is the most important competition outside the Six Nations - the razzmatazz gets people really excited about the game. It provides the whole package to sell the game to the public.
"Selection is continually an on-going thing and this competition is the best thing in Europe - that has to make it hugely beneficial to people like myself.
This gives us the chance to see players, be they on the fringe or established, and gauge current form.
"What I am hoping to see is good team and individual performances across the board and it would be nice to see the Welsh clubs do well in the Heineken Cup because they would then take that confidence with them into internationals."
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.