Welsh rugby today celebrates the 130th anniversary of a ground breaking meeting at the Castle Hotel in Neath.
Eleven clubs convened at the hotel on March 12, 1881 in an historical meeting which would go on to shape the national sport of Wales.
The meeting at the Castle Hotel, a coaching inn dating from the seventeenth century, involved 11 clubs from a geographical spread which proved the popularity of the relatively new sport.
Those clubs were Swansea, Lampeter, Llandeilo, Cardiff, Newport, Llanelli, Merthyr, Llandovery, Brecon, Pontypool and Bangor.
To honour the anniversary and their achievements the WRU has today invited representatives of each one of the eleven clubs to attend that RBS 6 Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium.
WRU Chairman David Pickering, who played for both Neath and then Llanelli of the original 11, said: "I am delighted that representatives of all 11 clubs have been invited to attend the RBS 6 Nations encounter between Wales and Ireland in honour of a great Welsh rugby anniversary.
"By the March of 1881 rugby was already gaining a powerful foothold in Wales but the representatives at that famous meeting could never have foreseen how big the game would become.
"Rugby now thrives at the heart of hundreds of communities in Wales and has become embedded in the culture and fabric of our nation. The atmosphere today's game will inspire in our Millennium Stadium will stand as testimony to just how popular and important rugby remains to the men and women of Wales."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
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.