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
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.