Non Evans (Wales), Sarah Gill (Scotland), Victoria Heighway, (New Zealand), Catherine Spencer (England), Joy Neville (Ireland) and Mandy Marchuk (Canada) pose with the IRB Womens World Cup.
The official launch for Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 took place at Twickenham yesterday with six of the teams who will participate in the tournament represented.
Following the announcement of the pools for the tournament, which will run from August 20 to September 5 in London, the match schedule and venues have now also been confirmed.
The Final will be played at Twickenham Stoop, along with the semi finals and bronze final with all other matches played at Surrey Sports Park, a new multi-sport facility which will host all 12 teams for the duration of the tournament.
"It is particularly exciting to be launching Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 at a time when Women's Rugby is experiencing unprecedented growth and interest throughout the world and of course here in England," said Mike Miller, RWCL Managing Director.
"This year has been an historic one for Women's Rugby. Olympic Games inclusion will ensure that the sport has a profile around the world like never before, providing an exciting catalyst for further growth and development while reaching out to new audiences."
Although Wales have been drawn in a fiercely competitive group alongside tournament favourites New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, the draw has been kind in so far as Wales take on the Aussies and South Africans before taking on the Black Ferns.
Experienced campaigner Non Evans concedes Wales have a huge task ahead of them if they are to reach the knockout stages, let alone the final.
"Everybody is really excited for the World Cup. I have got to be honest, I was a little bit disappointed when I saw our group because we have been pooled with New Zealand, Australia and South Africa," she said.
"Although South Africa are a developing nation they have improved, Australia have just won the World Cup Sevens and New Zealand speak for themselves as current world champions, so it is going to be difficult for us.
"In a semi final or in a one off game I think anybody is capable of beating anybody, but we are just going to have to look after ourselves, make sure we don't get any injuries because three tough games in a week is a lot, but we are positive, we are really excited and hopefully we can do well."
"If you want to win the World Cup you have to beat the best teams in the world, but that is going to be difficult with three games in a week playing against the best teams in the world. We'll remain positive, England beat New Zealand last weekend which shows they aren't invincible and we beat England last year in the Six Nations, so anything is possible and we will be doing our best to get out of that pool, believe you and me.
"I played against England for years and years and we haven't come close. I think beating England in the last season's Six nations has given the girls confidence because England are sometimes put up on a pedestal like New Zealand but at the end of the day they are 15 girls on the pitch and it will give us confidence going into the World Cup that no-one is unbeatable."
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event