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."
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.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.