Bridgend Athletic Youth's captain Ben Howe lifted the Webb Ellis Cup after a 30-18 win by his team over Whitland Youth at a sun-kissed Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
While Bridgend Athletic Youth had started the match as favourites and the final score line suggests that they were comfortable winners this final was a titanic battle.
Both teams came into the match with unbeaten records in the National Youth League and it soon became apparent why the teams had been so successful this season.
Whitland started very well and put their opponents under extreme pressure in the early stages and took a lead through the reliable boot of full back, James Stephenson.
As the half progressed Whitland Youth expanded their game to create two or three try chances. Those chances were not taken but four well struck penalties by Stephenson gave them a 12-6 half time lead. Bridgend Athletic Youth were kept in contact by two penalties from scrum half Tom Davies.
In the second half Bridgend Athletic Youth stepped up the pace. They established a tempo that led to an excellent try finished by flying wing Luke Morgan. Whitland Youth rallied but were finally defeated by two late tries by Luke Yardley and Lloyd Evans. Tom Davies converted all three tries and kicked another penalty to make a most valued contribution to the Bridgend Athletic Youth score.
There were high levels of skill exhibited by both teams. These skills married with a great physicality and a good spirited approach by both teams lead to a wonderful advertisement for Youth rugby.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event