In this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast we look at the historic participation agreement between the WRU and the four Welsh regions.
We hear from WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis, chairman David Pickering and also Regional Rugby Wales chief Executive Stuart Gallacher.
National Academy Manager Phil Davies explains the announcement of the age grade, womens and sevens coaches, while we also look at the recipients of the two new bursaries named after Welsh rugby giants Keith Rowlands and Vernon Pugh.
It has also been a big week for Wales captain Ryan Jones who was inducted into the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children at the Childline offices in Swansea.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.