Two teams with illustrious histories faced each other for the first time on the weekend, as the Welsh Academicals played Racing Club de France at the Tournoi Rugby International Cornouaille in Brittany.
Famed for producing its 161 internationals and 60 British Lions, the Accies had to rely on two Alex Webber tries to defeat the club 14-0 who were five times senior national champions and this year make their long anticipated return to the top flight of French rugby.
Now in its sixth year, the 16-team Tournoi Cornouaille attracted competitors from Moscow to Pretoria, but this year became the year of the Celts as the Welsh students saw off the physical challenge of Racing, and in the other half of the draw the large partisan crowd cheered on the home Bretagne region to cause the upset of the tournament, defeating the powerful Marseille team by three points.
With the Bretagne region having long ago adopted the tune of 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau', both anthems before the final had a familiar tune with their respective Celtic lyrics.
The Accies then gave a final display of their expansive skillful rugby to claim the Trophee Ravy with a 24-0 victory, with tries from Owen Williams, Dan Crimmins, Harley Thompson and Bowdy Davies.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.