Welsh rugby was heralded in Paris on Friday as a major force for helping businesses in Wales punch above their weight around the world.
WRU President Dennis Gethin told business leaders and politicians from France and the UK that the game now plays a vital role in Welsh society.
He was speaking at a reception in the British Embassy in Paris hosted by the Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott hours before the France v Wales international.
The reception was also attended by former Welsh rugby stars such as Jonathan Davies, Derwyn Jones and Gwyn Jones and the Welsh-born wife of the French Prime Minister, Penelope Fillon.
Dennis Gethin said: "I firmly believe that after 130 years of history of the WRU that at long last we are now looking not just at the rugby but at the role rugby plays in helping Welsh businesses punch above their weight around the world.
"This gathering tonight has proved a marvellous opportunity to show leading business people how much rugby means to our nation and to the world.
"Rugby is the fabric of our society and therefore the WRU will be looking to invest more in the grassroots of the game in the years ahead."
First Minister Rhodri Morgan said: "Tonight we can celebrate the link between Wales and France which is getting ever closer with the help of rugby. This meeting is a great occasion for celebrating that link and making it work."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.