The Welsh Rugby Union is delighted that Rugby World Cup Ltd has recommended England to the IRB Council as the host for RWC 2015.
The WRU is also encouraged that the RFU will continue to press for a series of games in the tournament to be held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Roger Lewis, said: "I am confident that we can present compelling reasons why Rugby World Cup games should be held in Wales in 2015. The Millennium Stadium is recognised throughout the rugby world as one of the finest stadiums around today.
"Secondly, Cardiff is only two hours by train from London and 25 minutes across the border from England. And most importantly, the financial model we have created with the RFU guarantees the success of the 2015 World Cup.
"I want to congratulate the RFU on the successful progress of their excellent bid and I am delighted they want to seek approval for games to be played at the Millennium Stadium.
"I have spoken to the chairman of the RFU Martyn Thomas, and passed on my best wishes for a tournament that will undoubtedly be a fantastic boost for our game.
"I am confident the IRB Council will fully understand the positive localised arguments in favour of games taking place at the Millennium Stadium and I will personally work as hard as possible to press that case so that Welsh rugby fans can enjoy the 2015 RWC to the full.
"As well as its location the stadium boasts a retractable roof which ensures that the games will always take place in decent weather conditions.
"This week we have seen how important a retractable roof can be at Wimbledon so everyone understands the value of such a system in a major tournament which attracts worldwide TV attention.
"Today I am also delighted for everyone in Japan who has worked so hard to secure the recommendation of their nation as host for the 2019 tournament. Phil Davies and our U20 squad have been full of praise for the great welcome they received at the recent Junior World Championships held there."
Under the RFU bid it is proposed that six pool stage matches would take place at the Millennium Stadium along with two quarter final matches.
Wales U20 duo Leon Brown and Lloyd Lewis face a busy couple of weeks ahead. Not only will they have a Junior World Championship to take part in, they are both sitting A Level exams during the competition.
Wales U20 face a tough group in the Junior World Championship with France, England and Japan lying in wait but Attack coach Jason Strange and back rower Tom Phillips are looking forward to the campaign ahead.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.