Edinburgh's 62-13 bonus point victory over Connacht on Friday night, coupled with Glasgow Warrior's 19-11 win against Scarlets Sunday evening, mean that at the end of round 2, for the first time ever, Scottish teams hold the top two places in the Magners League table. A Scottish side has not topped the table since Edinburgh did so at the end of September 2005.
The two teams also have the only remaining 100 per cent records, with 2 victories from 2 played, whilst Edinburgh's eight tries on Friday night earned them the Magners League's first try bonus point of the season.
Reigning Magners League Champions, Munster, recorded their first victory of the new season over Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park - keeping up the record that no Welsh team has won at the ground since March 2004.
Leinster also saved the first victory of their 2009/10 campaign for a home game, beating Newport Gwent Dragons 23-14. They have not lost at the RDS for almost 12 months.
The remaining Irish Province, Ulster, turned all the forecasts on their head when they defeated Ospreys 16-20 at the Liberty Stadium, ending a run of 15 successive games in Wales without a victory.
Despite their defeat the Ospreys leapfrog the Dragons to become the highest placed Welsh region. The Dragons slipped from first to fifth, one place behind their rivals from West Wales but two places above the Scarlets.
The Blues are the only Welsh side who remain winless so far this term, and after a shaky pre season, will be looking to reverse a worrying trend of form that has seen them lose their last four matches in this competition. In fact, their last victory came over Munster with a 20-12 win at the Arms Park way back in May.
ROUND 2 RESULTS
Friday 11 September 2009 at Thomond Park
Munster (16) 24: Marcus Horan(T) Denis Leamy(T) Jeremy Manning(C/4P)
Cardiff Blues (10) 13: Ben Blair(C/2P) Xavier Rush(T)
Friday 11 September 2009 at Murrayfield
Edinburgh Rugby (20) 62: Ben Cairns(T) Roddy Grant(T) Alan MacDonald(T) Mark Robertson(2T) Allister Hogg(T) Chris Paterson(T/8C/2P) Andrew Turnbull(T)
Connacht (6) 13: Fionn Carr(T) Ian Keatley(2P) Miah Nikora(C)
Saturday 12 September 2009 at Royal Dublin Society
Leinster (9) 23: Shaun Berne(2D) Jonathan Sexton(4P) Isa Nacewa(T)
Newport Gwent Dragons (6) 14: James Arlidge(D/2P) Martyn Thomas(T)
Saturday 12 September 2009 at Liberty Stadium
Ospreys (13) 16: James Hook(2P) Duncan Jones(T) Nikki Walker(T)
Ulster (15) 20: Dan Tuohy(T) Ian Humphreys(C/P) Simon Danielli(2T)
Sunday 13 September 2009 at Firhill Arena
Glasgow Warriors (7) 19: Rob Dewey(T) Dan Parks(C/D/3P)
Scarlets (8) 11: Rhys Priestland(2P) Daniel Evans(T)
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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.