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.
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
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.