Cardiff's title push took a blow as they went down 23-17 against Newport at Rodney Parade. The home side appeared to be cruising after a try from Michael Poole and 11 points from the boot of Chris Wannell gave them a 16-3 half-time lead.
Cardiff hit back through a Ryan Howells try and three Gareth Davies penalties but a try by hooker Michael Leaman sealed the win for Newport.
Bedwas kick-started their season with a fine victory over Glamorgan Wanderers at Bridge Field.
The home side were forced to come from behind after three Scott Sneddon penalties gave the Wanderers a 9-6 half-time lead. Lock James Murphy led the Bedwas comeback, scoring two of his sides four second-half tries. There were also scores for centre Kristian Owen and full-back Andrew McLaughlan and eight points from the boot of Gethin Worgan as Bedwas sealed the bonus-point victory, 28-9.
Carmarthen Quins hammered lowly Ebbw Vale after a magnificent second-half performance produced six tries. Two Gareth Cull penalties had given Quins a narrow 6-3 lead at the break, but the floodgates opened thereafter.
A hat-trick from the superb Darren Daniel did the damage for the home side. There were also tries for wing Richard Harris and centre Jason Harries, plus a penalty try, as Quins eased to a 42-3 triumph.
Friday night's game between Aberavon and Cross Keys saw the home side come out on top in a messy affair at the Talbot Athletic Ground.
Centre Chris Tossell and lock Gavin Ronan scored the tries for the Wizards as they won 17-9 in the pouring rain.
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'.