Llanelli beat North Wales 28-22 on Sunday in the Women's Super League to secure their place at the top of the table. Welsh International Kylie Wilson scored two of the North Wales tries but Non Evans scored a hat trick, her second of the tournament, to give the Scarlets victory.
Pontypridd had a point to prove against Swansea after losing their last two games in the closing minutes. Winger Claire Flowers scored two of the nine Pontypridd tries. Welsh internationals Amy Broadstock, Gemma Allan and Jamie Kift all had good games, as did the promising youngster Gemma Williams who scored her first try of the tournament.
Michaela Reed scored Swansea's only points with the final score 53-5 to Pontypridd.
Newport played host to UWIC at Blackwood RFC. UWIC started strongly pressing the Newport line for the first twenty minutes but Newport defended well and it wasn't until injury time in the first half that UWIC finally broke through allowing Prop Jenny Davies over the line. Scrum Half Kerry Jenkins converted giving the University side a 7-0 lead at the break.
Newport started the second half confidently, attacking the UWIC line but a forward pass to full back Helena Parfitt denied Newport the equaliser. However, Louise Rickard soon evened the scores with a lovely try under the UWIC posts. Fly half Vicki Jennings converted.
With twenty minutes remaining UWIC's fly half Naomi Thomas scored a run away try when UWIC capitalised on a mistake by the Newport winger. It was an easy conversion for Kerry Jenkins. UWIC looked set to run away with the game after Sara Wheldon scored their third but Newport managed to contain them. Some poor passing squandered Newport chances and the game finished 7-19. Newport have not won a game in the League this season. They travel to Swansea next week, who are also looking for their first victory after losing to Pontypridd.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
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.