Newport Gwent Dragons fans will get their first chance to see Paul Turner's summer signings as they embark on a tough friendly mission against Worcester Warriors on Friday evening (7.30pm).
The Dragons have named six of their new stars as they kick start their pre-season preparation before tackling Ulster in the opening home match of the Magners League.
Turner has named a strong pack that includes six internationals in an effort to dominate Worcester upfront as they hope to gel before the season starts. The backs hold plenty of flair with the right mix of youth and experience as the attempt to find consistency and flow.
Dragons have spent time bonding as a team over the past month and Tom Willis will lead his men at Rodney Parade hoping it culminates in a positive performance. Head Coach, Turner realises the side maybe undercooked, but still targets a good result.
"I don't enter any game without pushing for a win, crucially I am looking for a positive performance and hope we can impress the fans," added Turner.
Newport Gwent Dragons team to face Worcester Warriors:
Phillip Price, Nigel Hall, Ben Castle, Ali McKenzie, Tom Willis, Steve Jones, Rob Sidoli, Luke Charteris, Adam Jones, Gavin Thomas, Lewis Evans, Grant Webb, James Harris, Dan Lydiate.
Wayne Evans, Danny Lee, Shaun Connor, James Arlidge, Ashley Smith, Tom Riley, Aled Brew, Richard Fussell, Will Harries, Martyn Thomas, Jason Tovey.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
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.