In a surprising day of Premier rugby, the top two clubs both lost. Leaders Neath fell 26-13 at Carmarthen in a match that the Quins always led, while Llanelli failed to take advantage of Neath's slip by also losing 26-13, at Newport. The Quins outscored Neath 3-1 on tries, including a 99th in league rugby for centre Emyr Jones, while teenage scrum halves Alex Walker of Newport and Lee Williams of Llanelli both scored tries at Rodney Parade.
Cross Keys remain in third after a dour 22-10 encounter with Caerphilly in which Gethin Worgan kicked 17 points, but was a match of yellow cards. Swansea came from behind to defeat Aberavon 32-26 with Luke Richards placing eight goals and though the Wizards scored 3-2 on tries, they still have not won at St Helen's since 1990. Ebbw Vale were routed 38-17 by Llandovery, for whom Adam Jones of the Scarlets had a big match and Gareth morgan landed seven goal attempts. Pontypool won an important battle in the bottom half, getting home 20-15 at Llanharan, despite a 3-2 try-count in favour of the Dairymen.
Bedwas turned aside bottom club Newbridge by 31-23 with fly half Andrew James leading the way with two conversions and four penalty goals.
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.
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'.