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 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.