David Young has taken over as Cardiff head coach after Rudy Joubert quit the top job at the Arms Park.
Joubert, who still had a year of his two-year contract to run, is returning
to South Africa to get involved in the Super 12 with an eye on the Springbok
coaching job in three years time.
Young, the former Wales captain and prop, who takes over with immediate
effect, said: "I am delighted to be appointed as the new head coach. I have
had the opportunity to spend the last year assisting Rudy with the coaching
of the team and am looking forward to the challenges ahead."
Joubert's departure - "a great opportunity has arisen for me to be part of the Super 12" - came on the same day Wales' cap record holder fly half Neil Jenkins returned to Pontypridd.
"We wish Rudy every success in his ambitions, he has been a great asset to
Cardiff in his year with the club," said Cardiff Chief Executive Robert
"He has set a platform, in the development of both players and coaches, and, although it has happened sooner than planned, we can go forward from here."
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.