Toby Faletau returned to action the the Dragons' defeat
Newport Gwent Dragons suffered their first defeat under acting head coach Darren Edwards as they slipped to a five try, 38-17 defeat to Magners League leaders Munster in Cork.
Skipper Steve Jones scored a try for the visitors and Jason Tovey kicked 12 points as the Dragons held the league leaders for almost an hour. But two tries from All Blacks legend Doug Howlett paved the way for full back Johne Murphy to clinch the bonus point.
Irish veteran back row man Alan Quinlan wrapped up Munster's win with a late score and the defeat leaves the Dragons 13 points behind the Scarlets in seventh place in the race for automatic qualification for the Heineken Cup, but with two games in hand.
Wales Under-20s head coach Edwards had made an impressive start since taking temporary charge of the Dragons with four wins and draw from his first five games following the departure of Paul Turner.
The Dragons, who included fit-again Wales squad member Toby Faletau, led 9-6 after a hat-trick of penalties by Tovey despite losing Ashley Smith and Robert Sidoli to injury. But Howlett turned the game with two tries before half-time.
Tovey and wing Adam Hughes combined to hand hooker Jones an easy score as the Dragons hit back just two minutes after the break. But Munster, with several Ireland internationals to call-upon, broke free in the final 20 minutes as Mick O'Driscoll, Murphy and Quinlan crossed to settle the game and keep the Irish province nine points clear of reigning champions in the Ospreys in the hunt for a top two finish to clinch a home Play-Off semi-final.
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'.