Marc Roberts, who fulfils a key full-time role for the Welsh Rugby Union as Regional Performance Manager for North Wales, has been appointed as Wrexham Rugby Club's new Head Coach. He will coach in his own time and, to do so successfully, will be assisted by a coaching team comprising of Stewart Milne and Dave Cheesbrough.
Club Chairman Barry Williams, who has been working hard with the Wrexham Rugby Board to make the new appointment, said at the weekend. "We are delighted that someone of Marc's calibre is taking on the role and are confident that the future development of players and playing standards is in very safe hands."
Roberts is no stranger to Wrexham Rugby Club, having played for the club's Under 19 Youth Team before he left to study at University. In the Nineties he was employed by Wrexham Borough Council in conjunction the WRU as a Rugby Development Officer for the Wrexham area, and then he had his first taste of regular coaching when he took charge of Wrexham Seconds at the beginning of the new Millennium.
In 2003, Marc Roberts played a handful of games for Wrexham Firsts when they were in the top division of North Wales rugby. Since then, however, playing standards have deteriorated and the senior side fell away badly at the end of last season to finish in seventh place in North Wales Division Two.
Looking forward to his new challenge, Roberts said, "I have spent a lot of time at Wrexham and have no illusion of what lies in front of us. The future looks bright with a successful youth side producing players who will play a key role in the creation of a good new senior side. I've already spoken to a number of players and am very excited at the prospects for the new season".
"It's clear to me that we have to prioritize the creation of a stimulating, vibrant and challenging senior environment that puts players first. Once that is in place we can start to formulate some performance goals" he added.
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.