Following victory over Northampton Saints by 11 points to 5 in the semi final of the the EDF Energy Cup at Coventry, Cardiff Blues will be aiming to make it six wins out of six, when they take on Edinburgh this Friday at Murrayfield, 7.30pm kick off.
Edinburgh returned to winning ways last Friday, with a 32-5 victory over Connacht following on from a pair of defeats. The Scotsmen have won their last five games at Murrayfield in the Magners League since Munster won there, 20-15, on 5 September
However, Edinburgh have won just one of their last five encounters with the Blues: 11-10 at the Arms Park in the Magners League on 4 January, whilst the Blues have won on their last three visits to Murrayfield
Director of Rugby, David Young has selected the following squad to visit the Scottish capital, in their first of three visits to National Stadiums over the forthcoming weeks. In addition to the Edinburgh clash the Blues have big matches against Toulouse in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday the 11th of April in the Heineken Cup and then face Gloucester in the final of the EDF Energy Cup in Twickenham on Saturday 18th of April.
15 Ben Blair
14 Chris Czekaj
13 Jamie Robinson
12 Jamie Roberts
11 Leigh Halfpenny
10 Nicky Robinson
9 Richie Rees
8 Sam Warburton
7 Robin Sowden Taylor
6 Ben White
5 Paul Tito (c)
4 Bradley Davies
3 Gary Powell
2 T Rhys Thomas
1 John Yapp
16 Taufa'ao Filise
17 Gareth Williams
18 Deiniol Jones
19 Scott Morgan
20 Darren Allinson
21 Ceri Sweeney
22 Richard Mustoe
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.