The Millennium Stadium yesterday held a reception to honour Tom Jones, founding Chair of the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust, following the announcement of his retirement from the Trust after more than eight years at the helm.
The Trust was established through an agreement between the Millennium Stadium plc and the Millennium Commission when the Stadium was built and income is generated through a levy on every ticket purchased for public events at the Stadium.
The Trust is an all-Wales organisation and all funds distributed by the Trust are allocated to make a difference to people in Wales.
Tom Jones commented: "I am thrilled to have been part of the Trust's transition into a significant grant funder in Wales and want to thank my fellow trustees and the Millennium Stadium for their fervent support during the eight years I have Chaired the Trust.
"The Trust and the Stadium has a unique and very special relationship. Since 2001 we have distributed £3 million worth of grants to more than 650 groups throughout Wales, and have recently made available another £500,000 to improve community rugby facilities. I am delighted to have played a role in improving the lives of so many Welsh people."
Tom Jones will be succeeded by former Leader of Cardiff County Council Russell Goodway, who represents one of the organisations that helped spearhead the application for the Millennium Commission grant to build the new stadium facility.
Russell said: "I have been impressed with the record of the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust to date in helping to improve the lives of people living in Wales and am delighted to be able to participate in the continued work of the Trust."
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.