The WWRU are please to announce their new coaching team:
Phil John has been appointed National Squad Coach. Phil, who assisted outgoing coach John Williams last season, hails from Ammanford and has been working with the Welsh FIRA squad over the last few years.
Assisting Phil will be Alan Harries who will have sole responsibility for the backs. Ex Ebbw Vale winger Harries is currently backs coach at Newbridge RFC in Division One and will combine both roles over the coming seasons.
Ex Welsh International Bess Evans is the new team manager. Evans, capped 43 times before retiring in 1998 captained her country and will have invaluable knowledge to pass on to up and coming players.
North Walian Wayne Pugh is the new Welsh Development Squad Coach. Pugh, a seasoned second rower in the North Wales leagues, will be assisted by WRU development officer Griff Rees.
Gareth Mahoney remains head coach to the Wales U19 squad and will be assisted by Pontypool's Stuart Lawrence with the backs and new Pontypridd signing Neil Hennessey with the forwards.
Director of Rugby Richard Hodges said: " I am delighted with the new management teams. It has taken a while to get who we want in place but it has been worthwhile. We can now plan towards the next World Cup in 2006 knowing we have the right people in place to take us forward."
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'.
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.