The Dragons Under 16s kicked off their WRU Age Grade Championship season with a 25-11 victory over Blues North at Merthyr.
Coached by Dragons No.8 Lewis Evans and with Jason Tovey, Hugh Gustaffson and Dan Lydiate also lending a hand this season, the visitors were good value for their outstanding success.
A Callum Phillips try and two first half penalties gave the North, who reached the final last season, a real chance of kicking off their season on a winning note.
However, having been locked together at 6-6 at half time, it was the Dragons who took control with tries from Hallam Amos, Jack Dixon and Dominic Franchi.
Ethan Davies added to his two first half kicks with a second half conversion of Dixon's try whilst Niall Martin improved Franchi's score late on..
There was also a winn ing start for the Ospreys U16s who bagged a bonus point in defeating Blues South 31-7 at Llandarcy.
Matthew Jenkins and Evan Yadley crossed for tries in the first half with Ben Roberts and Sean Macdonell-Roberts adding further tries after the interval.
Outside half Sam Davies kicked four conversions and a penalty to complete the rout with Jordan Phillips crossing for the South and Gareth Thompson adding a conversion.
The Scarlets U18s failed to carry on from last week's consummate victory over Gogledd Cymru - going down 18-6 to the Blues at Parc y Scarlets.
James Russell kept the Scarlets in touch with a couple of penalties, but the Blues made sure of victory thanks to tries from outside half Joseph Griffin and blindside Callum Thomas.
Griffin, who was outstanding throughout, added a conversion and two penalties to secure an important away success. The evening finished on a sour note for the Scarlets with Kirby Myhill and Iolo Evans both leaving the field injured.
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