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.
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.