As the 2009-10 season approaches regional trials and training are taking place across Wales.
DRAGONS: Trials are taking place at Risca RFC on Friday 4th September, for under 15s at 5.30pm and under 18s at 6.30pm. Contact Claire Wilson for details 07528 780626
SCARLETS: Training for the Scarlets Under 15 and U18 Girls Squads will commence on Friday 11th September 2009 at the Carmarthen Quins Rugby Training Ground, Abergwili. Arrive 7pm to commence training at 7.30 prompt. Anyone requiring any further information should contact Helen Rees on 07790 727006.
BLUES: Training begins Friday 4th September for both under 15s and under 18s at Cardiff High School Old Boys RFC, Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, CF14 7JH. Contact Alan Robert for further details 07841 471018.
GOGLEDD CYMRU: Training takes place on Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm at Llandudno RFC. Contact Ann Tilakawardane for more information 07725 032149
OSPREYS: Under 15s should contact Amanda Williams 07775 808137. Under 18s contact Donna Crossman 07787 290298.
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.