Wales and England will celebrate a century of rivalry at the famous Twickenham Stadium when they meet on the opening day of the 2010 RBS Six Nations Championship.
Wales will play three games at the Millennium Stadium - including a first Friday night home championship fixture when France travel to the Welsh capital on 26 February - as they chase a third title in six seasons.
The build-up to the championship will begin in earnest with this summer's tour to North America and Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde, who will lead his national side to Canada and the USA next month, believes playing in the Championship is a huge incentive for his tourists.
McBryde takes over as head coach, whilst Warren Gatland tours South Africa with the Lions, and he is set to name his Wales squad and captain in early May.
With some of Wales' key stars expected to be called upon against the Springboks, McBryde says the door to international caps could be opened for any number of players who may not currently be on the radar.
"Players can put their hands up in America and Canada and find themselves travelling to Twickenham in the opening game of the Championship next year," said McBryde.
"An opening clash with England is always going to be tough, but, just like we said before the same fixture in 2008, the Six Nations competition is all about momentum and if we can put in a performance there we have two games at home to follow.
"The other clash everyone will look at will be France on a Friday night in Cardiff, but the timing shouldn't be a factor for us.
"We have time after the Scotland game, so the short week won't be a hindrance and Wales v France clashes are always titanic battles so it should make for a big night in Cardiff for the fans.
"We travel away to play the holders in Ireland, but by then the Championship will be taking shape and its difficult to predict what position either side will be in by then.
"Both sides know each other so well, and after the Lions tour the likelihood is we will know each other even better, so it is another challenge we will relish.
"And tours like next month's are a great opportunity for players to begin to establish themselves and show international form.
"Looking at the fixture list for the 2010 Six Nations really puts into perspective just what it will be possible to achieve.
"The players who go to America and Canada should be excited by the prospect of taking part, they have a real opportunity to do so - just look at the emergence of Leigh Halfpenny this season and the resurgence of Andy Powell during the Autumn internationals - the doors are there to be opened."
RBS 6 Nations Championship 2010 Fixture Schedule
(ALL TIMES GMT)
Saturday 6th February
14:30 - Ireland v Italy
17:00 - England v Wales
Sunday 7th February
15:00 - Scotland v France
Saturday 13th February
14:00 - Wales v Scotland
16:30 (17:30 local) - France v Ireland
Sunday 14th February
14.30 (15:30 local) - Italy v England
20/21 February - Rest Weekend
Friday 26th February
20:00 - Wales v France
Saturday 27th February
13:30 (14:30 local) - Italy v Scotland
16:00 - England v Ireland
6/7 March - Rest Weekend
Saturday 13th March
14:30 - Ireland v Wales
17:00 - Scotland v England
Sunday 14th March
14:30 (15.30 local) - France v Italy
Saturday 20th March
14:30 - Wales v Italy
17:00 - Ireland v Scotland
19:45 (20:45 local) - France v England
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