The WRU continues the development of its coaching courses with a pilot Divisional Level 3 course covering the Ospreys and Scarlets regions.
The course, commencing in November, will be run at Parc y Scarlets over a period of six months. This includes attendance at Parc y Scarlets on Sunday 15th November 2009, Sunday 6th December 2009, Sunday 11th and 18th April 2010 and Sunday May 9th 2010. It also includes home study work and two practical coaching assessments. Completion of all aspects is compulsory. (The course costs £300).
Admission to the course will be by invitation only. Applications for admission should be sent to either Jeff Roach (Scarlets - firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dan Owens(Ospreys - email@example.com)
Applicants will be expected to hold the UKCC Level 2 coaching award and be able to clearly demonstrate the ability to coach all aspects of team play at a high level.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview, provide video evidence of their coaching ability, or be assessed conducting a session at their club. Unsuccessful applicants will be given an action plan to aid their development as coaches.
Applications for an invitation to join the course should be received by 11th September.
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.