A new face at Pontypridd this coming season will be conditioning coach Darren Bool, who takes over the role recently vacated by Mark Powell.
A native of Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valley, Darren has been working over the past five years as conditioning coach with Bridgend Youth, the Celtic Warriors Academy and then the Blues Academy respectively. Next season will see Darren teaming up with the Blues under 18s squad and with the Pontypridd senior squad.
Darren was capped as an openside flanker at Schools and under 15 level with Wales, playing for and captaining Ponty Youth in his time. He then played for UWIC, where he studied Sports Science, in both union and league codes.
Having moved on to represent Treorchy, Darren's playing days were brought to a premature end by a recurring back problem.
Employed as a PE teacher in Newbridge Comprehensive School, Darren has also had experience as defence and skills coach with Llantwit Fardre RFC over the past couple of seasons.
The Ponty squad will get to know their new conditioning coach soon enough, with an emphasis on fitness work as pre-season training commences at the end of June.
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'.
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With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.