The Scarlets' victory over Cardiff Blues on Wednesday night means the Dragons will contest the Heineken Cup 24th place playoff in Italy on Friday, 29 May against the side who finish is third in the Italian Super 10 (9pm local time).
That means a meeting with either Viadana, Calvisano or Benetton Treviso. The top four Italian teams will play two-leg semi-finals to get through to the final of the Italian Super 10. Top finisher Viadana faces fourth place Rovigo, whilst second place Treviso face third place Calvisano.
The finalists will gain automatic Heineken Cup 2009/2010 qualification. while the losers of the semis will be ranked according to where they finished during the regular season and whichever losing semi-finalist finished higher in the league will face the Dragons in the Heineken Cup play-off.
Because Viadana have finished the regular league in the top spot, if they do not make it past their semi final against fourth place Rovigo, they will automatically finish third and face the Dragons on the 29 May. However If Viadana beat Rovigo, then the Dragons will face the loser of the match between Calvisano and Treviso.
Those semi-finals will be played on the following dates: ITALIAN SUPER 10 SEMI FINALS Semi-final First Leg Saturday 16 May 2009 - 20.00 (Local Time)
Rovigo v Viadana Sunday 17 May 2009 - 20.00 (Local Time)
Rugby Calvisano v Benetton Treviso
Semi-final Second Leg Saturday 23 May 2009 - 20.00 (Local Time)
Viadana v Rovigo Sunday 24 May 2009 - 20.00 (Local Time)
Benetton Treviso v Rugby Calvisano HEINEKEN CUP PLAYOFF Friday 29 May 21:00 (Local Time) 3rd placed Italian team v Newport Gwent Dragons Venue TBC
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
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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.