The big freeze has devastated Welsh rugby yet again, with just ten of the 123 games being played in the SWALEC League this weekend. This means just 18 of 246 matches were played during the first two weekends of the New Year.
The game at Croesyceiliog was one of the few games going ahead, and the hosts picked up four more points to push them closer to Garndiffaith at the top of Division Three East. They beat Rhymney 20-3, with tries in either half coming from Gavin Holmes and Scott Copsey. Croesyceiliog now sit seven points behind the leaders. E
Elsewhere Pill Harriers picked up a 25-6 win over bottom club New Tredegar, with Pill pair Craig Lloyd and Ross Palmer both crossing once in either half, scoring four tries for a bonus point between them.
Aberdare lost a fifth straight game in Division Three South East, falling 23-18 at St Peters, who scored three tries through Paul Davis and two from Sean O'Brien. Also in that division Llandaff North beat Penarth 33-24.
St Josephs beat Monmouth 14-10 in Division Four East's only surviving game. Pentyrch hit six tries as they smashed Senghenydd 40-3, with Gareth Ayres crossing twice as his team went top of Division Four South East thanks to their seven league victories
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.