At a fog shrouded Talbot Athletic Ground last evening Bridgend DYRU beat East Carmarthenshire DYRU by 11-3 points in the Final of the WRU organised Inter District Youth competition.
On an excellent playing surface it was an extremely hard fought encounter with the Bridgend team just edging out their opponents from the West to claim the Wynne Lloyd Memorial Cup.
The first half saw Bridgend take an early advantage with a well struck penalty by outside half Matthew Francis.
East Carmarthenshire fought back well and gained some territorial advantage before levelling the scores just before half time with a penalty by full back Steffan Duggan.
In the early stages of the second half Bridgend, buoyed by the introduction of three replacements, gained some momentum and established a lead with another penalty, kicked by Thomas Parry, and an excellent try scored in the corner, a misty vision to those in the main stand, by Lewis Harrhy.
For much of the rest of the second half East Carmarthenshire strove to pull back their opponents, and for the last 10 minutes of the match laid siege to the Bridgend line. They had chances but narrowly failed to take them.
Bridgend defended well and hung on to their narrow lead and eventually claimed the winner's spoils.
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.
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'.