Remember the best bits of 2003...
03/01 GERALD DAVIES HONOURED
Wales and British and Irish Lions legend Gerald Davies is awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to young people and to rugby in Wales.
Davies is best remembered for his try - one of 20 in 46 Tests - in the 1971 Five Nations match against Scotland.
The Scots were leading before Davies scored in the corner in the last minute. Backrower John Taylor then kicked his famous conversion to steal victory.
04/01 NEATH PROGRESS TO CELTIC LEAGUE FINAL
Fly-half Lee Jarvis scored 17 points as Neath strode into the Celtic League final with a convincing win over Cardiff at the Gnoll.
Neath led 17-0 after dominating the first half, before holding off a spirited Cardiff fightback and extending their lead through a clever Jarvis try and his typically excellent goal-kicking.
The Neath forwards - particularly frontrowers Duncan Jones and Barry Williams - ran themselves to a standstill in a superb display of support play.
The victory earned Neath a trip to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium to play European heavyweights Munster in the Celtic League final on February 1.
07/01 WRU INFORMS SIX NATIONS COLLEAGUES OF A TEAM AXE
The Welsh Rugby Union officially informed the Six Nations Committee and its Six Nations colleagues that it will not be entering a team into this season's 'A' team championship.
The decision to mothball the Wales A team was taken by the WRU Board of Directors at a meeting before Christmas as part of the Union's move to cut costs.
17/01 SCARLETS PROGRESS TO HEINEKEN CUP QUARTER-FINALS
The sizzling Scarlets surged through to the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup with a clinical 34-8 demolition job on the woeful Warriors at Hughenden.
Not only did the men from Stradey Park complete their qualification task in devastating style - they also boosted their hopes of a home tie by improving their try-tally.
There was no way back for the Scots after they were rocked by a five-touchdown burst in 18 first-half minutes and wing Garan Evans was the assassin-in-chief with a hat-trick.
01/02 MUNSTER TAKE CELTIC LEAGUE TITLE
Munster had too much power for Neath as they were crowned Celtic Champions with a 37-17 win at the Millennium stadium
07/02 HANSEN: ONE YEAR IN OFFICE
Steve Hansen celebrated one year in office as the Wales National Coach on Friday, 7 February, 2003.
'The time has flown by and my only focus at present is on preparing the team to play in the Six Nations and trying to get Wales off to a winning start in the championship for the first time since 1997,' said Hansen.
'This is going to be an incredibly exciting and demanding year for the Welsh Squad and the National Team Management have been trying to put in place systems that enable the players to perform to the best of their ability.'
14/02 WALES UNDER 21S WIN IN ITALY
Wales' under-21 side began their Six Nations campaign by beating their Italian counterparts 27-16 on Italian soil.
15/02 OPENING DAY WOE FOR WALES
Wales' run of opening day Six Nations defeats continues as the Azzurri beat the Dragons for the first time in their history
15/02 WALES WOMEN WIN SIX NATIONS OPENER
Wales had a dream start to their Six Nations campaign against Spain at the Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday. The Welsh side had never beaten the Spaniards before, losing 20-0 in Madrid last season, but they put together an outstanding performance to see off the visitors 34-0.
21/02 WALES U21 CRUSH ENGLAND
Wales under-21's gained a fifth successive victory over their English Counterparts with a 35-9 victory at Neath.
It was the third win of the season for coach Chris Davey and his team, following those over New Zealand and Italy.
22/02 WALES RESTORE PRIDE
Wales restored some pride and sense of self belief with a creditable performance against England, eventually losing 26-9.
Steve Hansen's eight changes made a huge impact on the side and the no frills approach against the top ranked side in the world created a contest in which Wales always gave as good as they got.
From start to finish the Welsh side pounded into the English and by the end the Grand Slam hopefuls had lost Jason Robinson, Ben Kay and Jonny Wilkinson as casualties of war.
Two tries in the third quarter finally undid the gallant Welsh effort, but Johnson's side left the Welsh capital well aware they had been in a hell of a battle as they took their second step towards a possible Grand Slam.
24/02 MIXED FORTUNES FOR WALES WOMEN
Wales seniors were taught a harsh lesson by their English counterparts losing 69-7 whilst Wales U19 recorded two excellent victories over Canada (U19s) 5-3 and USA, 13-3
08/03 WALES U21 WIN IN SCOTLAND
Gavin Henson scores 20-points with the boot to help Wales to victory in Inverness.
08/03 WALES MISS OUT AT MURRAYFIELD
Wales lost their third game of the Six nations tournament at Murrayfield 30-22.
08/03 WALES WOMEN BEATEN IN SCOTLAND
Wales women missed out on a second win in the Six Nations on Sunday as they narrowly lost 8-9 to Scotland in Edinburgh.
13/03 PONTYPRIDD WIN SUPER LEAGUE TITLE
Pontypridd Ladies won the Super League title last night after beating North Wales 34-5 at Sardis Road.
22/02 GRAND SLAM STILL ON
Wales' Under-21's are now just one win away from the Grand Slam after a high-tension victory over their Irish counterparts at Eugene Cross Park.
In a nail-biting finish the Wales' defence was breached twice in the final minutes - first by Keith Matthews, and then Richard Lane - but thanks to the 15-point advantage Wales had established in the opening quarter, the home side held on to win 20-19.
24/03 WALES WOMEN 17 - 0 IRELAND WOMEN
Wales women beat Ireland 17-0 at The Cardiff Arms Park, retaining their 100% record against the Irish.
30/03 WALES DEVELOPMENT BEAT ENGLAND ACADEMY
Wales Development continued their winning ways when they beat England Academy at Caerphilly RFC. Tries from second row Julie Newton and No 8 Emma Phillips gave Wales a 10-5 lead at half time. A second half try, from centre Karen Mayze, which she converted, and a penalty try gave the Welsh girls victory 22-10.
27/03 WALES FINISH WINLESS
Wales have finished the Six Nations with a 33-5 defeat to France at the Stade de France, Paris...
29/03 WALES UNDER 21's CAPTURE GRAND SLAM
Swansea's ace goal-kicker Gavin Henson repayed Wales Under-21 coach Chris Davey's faith by nailing seven penalty goals to help Wales secure the Under 21 Six Nations Grand Slam, a with a five-point victory at the Stade des Costieres, Nimes.
04/04 Â£10m ACADEMY BOOST FOR WELSH RUGBY
Welsh rugby has received a massive boost with the news that planning permission has been granted to build a Â£10m state-of-the-art National Academy training centre on a 40 acre site at Island Farm, Bridgend.
22/04 WEST WALES WIN REGIONAL U16S TITLE
West Wales Under 16s won the regional title after defeating East Wales Under 16's 10-0 at Builth Wells RFC.
03/05 LLANELLI LIFT THE CUP
The Scarlets secured the Principality Cup in fine style at the Millennium Stadium with a 32-9 win over Newport...
07/05 WALES NAME FOUR CAPTAINS FOR SUMMER TOUR
Wales coach Steve Hansen has nominated four captains for the two Test summer tour to Australia and New Zealand next month.
Colin Charvis, Martyn Williams, Robin McBryde and Stephen Jones have been given the task of acting as leaders on the three week trip as Welsh rugby follows a tried and tested route used by many other sports.
'The reason for naming four tour captains is because we are trying to grow leadership qualities within the squad. It gives us greater options and means the work load off the field can be shared around four senior players,' said Hansen.
13/05 LLOYDS TSB LEAGUE WINNERS
Division 1 - Winners - Pontypool
Division 2 - Winners - CARMARTHEN ATHLETIC.
Captain - Geraint Jones. Coach - Andrew Harley.
Victory away to Corus (PT) took Carmarthen to the title and the main interest is on a top five finish with Llangennech, UWIC, Maesteg and Brynmawr being the favourites.
Division 3 (East) - Winners - PENYGRAIG.
Captain - Anthony Lloyd. Coach - Steve Cook and Lee Dando.
The Griag's 1-10 win over Ystrad Rhondda last Thursday and Ystrad's 13-3 loss at Fleur de Lys on Saturday gives Penygraig the title withmatches against Ynysybwl (home) and Pencoed (away) still to play.
Division 3 (West) - Winners - FELINFOEL
Captain - Steve Wells. Coach - Lee Hughes and Lee Williams.
A 16-15 win at Tonmawr ended the season for title winners Felinfoel and Cwmllynfell have ensured runners-up spot after beating Aberystwyth 37-7.
Division 4 (East) - Winners could be Brecon or Rhyddyfelin, as the latter have come with a late run and if they defeat must beat Cwmbran at home on Thursday, the title will go to them.
Division 4 (West) - Winners - PONTYBEREM.
Captain - Richard Hardy. Coach - Robert Davies.
Pontyberem needed a point from a home match against Kidwelly to pip Bryncoch for the title and duly scored six tries in a 39-0 victory.
Division 5 (East) - Winners - NEWPORT SARACENS.
Captain - Leighton Steer. Coach - Paul Evans and Phil Booth.
Not only did the Sarries win their last three matches in six days, but after gaining the title over Tredegar Ironsides and then beating bottom club St Peter's, but they also relegated Brynithel to third after a 16-7 win and New Tredegar moved to second by getting through 32-16 at Barry.
Division 5 (West) - Winners - LLANDEILO.
Captain - Irwyn Glasby. Coach - Simon Davies.
An amazing finish saw four clubs as possible title winners - they all won, but Llandeilo's 34-6 beating of
Llandybie gives them the crown as Gowerton, Trebanos, Lampeter and Gowerton ended three points adrift with Hendy a further three back in fifth spot.
Division 5 (Central) - Winners - NANTYMOEL.
Captain - Lee Humphries. Coach - Colin Hillman.
Nantymoel had taken the title in midweek at Cowbridge, but fell 14-8 away to second-placed Banwen in their last outing of the season.
Division 5 (North) - Winners - NANT CONWY
Captain - Peredur Ellis. Coach - Mark Jones
Nant Conwy ended six points clear of Llangefni after 21 wins and one loss (to Dolgellau), and that came after taking Six (North) ast season without a single defeat.
Division 6 (East) - Winners - BARGOED.
Captain - Brett Wakefield. Coach - Steve Barber.
Division 6 (West) - Winners - CWMGORS.
Captain - Paul Caines. Coach - Geraint Evans.
Over 100 tries and 20 wins in 21 matches have seen Cwmgors home. They defeated Penygroes 66-12 on Saturday and have still to play against second-placed Llanelli Wanderers.
Division 6 (Central) - Winners - ABERCWMBOI
Captain - Ceri Pritchard. Coaches - Richard Holding and Mervyn Davies.
Abercwmboi had taken the title, they have won 21 and lost one match.
Division 6 (North) - Winners - BALA
Captain - Dewi Williams. Coach - Brian Davies.
Only one loss in 18 matches gave Bala the title several weeks ago and they were the first club to be crowned.
Division 7 (East) - The title is still to be decided between Llandaff North and Bettws, as Blaenavon, who won against St Alban's last Saturday, still have to meet both clubs in away matches.
Division 7 (West) - Winners - CEFNEITHIN.
Captain - Wayne Rogers. Coach - Craig Bonnell.
Cefneithin finished their season with a win at Crymych - their 17th success in 20 matches.
Division 7 (Central) - Winners - CWMGWRACH.
Captain - Steve Lambert. Coach - Lee Tregonning.
13/05 LLANDAFF NORTH WIN NATIONAL CUP TITLE
Llandaff North Ladies took their second title of the season on Sunday when they beat Tylorstown in the National Cup Final at Sardis Road.
20/05 BRIDGEND SEAL THE WELSH PREMIERSHIP
Bridgend were crowned Welsh champions as they beat Neath 22-13 at the Brewery Field to claim their first title in over 20 years.
25/05 CEARPHILLY MISS OUT
Brave Cearphilly, under the guidence of former Wales international Mark Ring, have fallen at the final hundle as they suffer defeat in the Parker Pen Shield final to Castres Olympique at the Majedski Stadium.
27/05 WALES DEVELOPMENT BEAT SCOTLAND
The Welsh Ladies Development team won their first game of the tour to Scotland beating Scotland Students 69-0.
02/06 SOUTH AFRICA WIN CARDIFF SEVENS
South Africa cantered past Argentina 35-17 to win the Cardiff IRB Sevens title at the Arms Park.
With traditional heavyweights New Zealand, Fiji, England and Samoa cast aside in the past two days, the surprise finalists made the most of their rare chance at Sevens glory.
06/06 GLANMOR GRIFFITHS STANDS DOWN
Glanmor Grifiths has announced that he is ending a 19 year association with the Welsh Rugby Union and will not be seeking re-election at the Annual General Meeting on July 26.
Mr Griffiths has been Honorary Treasurer since 1984, Chairman of the WRU General Committee since 1997 and Chairman of Millennium Stadium plc for the last six years.
He said, 'After much heart-searching and a great deal of sadness I have decided not to stand for any position with either the Welsh Rugby Union or Millennium Stadium plc.'
09/06 WALES MAKE IT TWO FROM TWO
The Welsh Development XV have returned from Scotland with a 100% record..... Following their 69-0 victory against the Scottish Students in their first game, Wales won their second game against Scotland U23 15-7.
14/06 AUSTRALIA TOO STRONG FOR BRAVE WALES
Wales produced a brave performance at Sydney's Telstra Stadium in front of a crowd of over 63,000 before eventually falling 10-30 to the World Cup holders.
Steve HansenÂ´s side went behind early to two Wendell Sailor tries, but showed grit and perseverence to come away with a creditable performance.
Wales captain Martyn Williams said. 'I think we showed a few people we can play a bit. We've got some good young players, things are looking good.'
21/06 ALL BLACKS RUN UP RECORD SCORE
Wales slumped to a record defeat to New Zealand as they were punished by eight tries at the Telstra Stadium in Hamilton.
It was a record eighth successive Test defeat for Steve Hansen's side and came after a Stephen Jones penalty in the sixth minute had given the tourists an early lead.
Yet despite containing the All Blacks in the first quarter, once Doug Howlett had been worked clear for the home side's first try after 21 minutes the floodgates began to open.
24/06 WALES U21'S DEFEAT AUSTRALIA IN WORLD CUP
Chris Davey's in-form Wales Under-21 side picked up their seventh consecutive win.
The Six Nations Grand Slam-winning side beat eighth seeds Argentina 24-18 to put one foot into the World Cup semi-finals. Their next game is against South Africa at Newbury on Saturday night.
25/06 WALES BATTER ENGLAND
Wales put in a superb performance to beat England 44 - 27 at Henley in the 5th-8th place play-offs of the IRB under 21 World Cup. Wales scored six tries to England's three and showed some flair and pace to boot.
16/07 WELSH RUGBY RECEIVES HUGE LOTTERY BOOST
The Welsh Rugby Union has received a huge financial boost from the Sports Council for Wales with an "in principal" agreement to fund the Union's National and Regional Academy programme to the tune of Â£3m over the next three years.
- Â£1.5m to the National Academy in Bridgend, which will also house the Celtic Warriors Academy; - Â£500,000 to Nash College for the Gwent Dragons Regional Academy;
- Â£500,000 to Llandarcy Park for the Neath/Swansea Regional Academy;
- Â£500,000 to support Academies in the Cardiff Blues and Llanelli Scarlets Regions.
17/08 WALES YOUNG GUNS DOWNED BY IRISH
IRELAND 35, WALES 12: It ended up as a defeat by five tries to two, but Wales coach Steve Hansen remained upbeat about the outcome of his side's first World Cup warm-up match against a near full strength Irish side in Dublin
'One or two players enhanced their chances of going to the World Cup and I felt there were a lot of positives to come out of the game for Wales,' said Hansen.
'We know exactly what we are trying to do with this series of games. This team can play better than they did here, which is good.
'We're obviously disappointed we didn't win and our handling was poor, but this was a friendly game and we treated it as such.
22/08 UNDER 21S TO BE HONOURED
Paul James and his Wales Under 21 Grand Slam heroes from last season will he honoured tomorrow (23 August) before the Wales match against England at the Millennium Stadium.
23/08 ENGLAND TOO GOOD
WALES 9 ENGLAND 43: England won their 14th straight Test, but it was more of the same for Welsh fans as their side crashed to a 9-43 defeat at the Millennium Stadium - their 11th loss in a row.
England ran in five tries to nil in their biggest victory in Cardiff, and it could have been even more embarrassing if goal-kicker Alex King had slotted more than five out 11 attempts at goal.
'We simply made too many turnovers,' Wales coach Steve Hansen said. 'You can't give that much ball away and also suffer a 21-6 penalty count against you and expect to win.
24/08 CHARVIS TO CAPTAIN WALES
Colin Charvis, one of National Coach Steve Hansen's four captains in the Wales squad, will captain the side against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 30 August (kick-of 2.30 pm) in the fourth and final 2003 Rugby World Cup preparation match.
27/08 SHANE STRIKES TWICE TO END WALES' LOSING RUN
WALES 54, ROMANIA 8: Wales' record losing run of 11 matches was finally brought to a halt at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground as the Romanian's were beaten by six tries to one.
Four days after the humiliation of seeing his top team beaten out of sight by England's second string at the Millennium Stadium, Wales coach Steve Hansen saw a young Welsh side, containing six of last season's Grand Slam winning Under 21 team, finally restore some pride.
30/08 OWEN STRIKES TO SECURE WALES WIN
Wales 23 Scotland 9: A brave Wales side beat Scotland 23-9 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday in their last match before the World Cup.
01/09 HANSEN NAMES WORLD CUP SQUAD
Wales coach Steve Hansen named 31 players for Rugby World Cup 2003.
'We have selected 31 players at present because we have included four hookers,' said Hansen. 'That is due to a few injury worries we are having which will be resolved prior to the final registration date with Rugby World Cup."
13/09 SCARLETS MAKE HISTORY
Llanelli registered an historic victory over Celtic League champions Munster at Thomond Park.
Under their previous guise, the west Wales side had never beaten the Irish province, and to record the win at fortress Thomond Park is a feat that means the Scarlets are considered serious championship contenders.
The win brings Munster's amazing eight year unbeaten run to an end, closing a chapter on one of the great sporting records.
23/09 OPERA STAR JENKINS TO SEND OFF STARS
Wales' new operatic sensation Kathryn Jenkins will sing 'Bread of Heaven' for the nation's rugby stars at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.
Stadium bosses have organised an Aussie-style barbeque for corporate customers, sponsors, box and club seat holders and the 23 year old mezzo soprano from Neath has been called in to give the Wales players a send off they won't forget.
24/09 OWEN OUT OF THE WORLD CUP
Michael Owen has been forced to withdraw from the Wales squad set to head off for the Rugby World Cup in Australia on Sunday, because of a back injury.
The 22-year-old Dragons second row, who scored his first try for Wales on winning his eighth cap against Scotland last month, will be replaced by 1999 RWC veteran Chris Wyatt.
'Michael injured his back prior to going on our warm weather training camp to Lanzarote and, after seeking specialist advice, we have decided not to risk him by taking him to Australia,' said Wales coach Steve Hansen.
06/10 GLOBAL INTEREST FOR WALES
wru.co.uk began it's send a message of support campaign...In the end, thousands of messages were receeived, and pasted on the walls of the dressing rooms before the matches.
'The messages have been fantastic, they have really given the players a lift,' said Wales coach Steve Hansen.
The WRU website received good luck messages from up to 40 different countries around the world and traffic has risen to an average of 4,100 unique visitors a day.
12/10 WALES BEGIN WITH A WIN
WALES 41 CANADA 10: Wales got the 2003 Rugby World Cup off to a winning start by beating Pool D rivals Canada 41-10 in Melbourne.
Iestyn Harris starred with a perfect seven kicks out of seven as well as having a hand in four of Wales' five tries that earned a bonus point. And the victory in a tricky opening game at the Telstra Dome left for coach Steve
19/10 WALES STUTTER TO VICTORY
WALES 27 TONGA 20: Wales stuttered their way to showdown against Italy for a quarter-final place with an unconvincing 27-20 victory over pool rivals Tonga.
A moment of opportunism from Gareth Cooper and a brief glimpse of Iestyn Harris magic to create Martyn Williams' try were the only highlights in an otherwise uninspired performance.
Tonga outscored Wales three tries to two but crucially Pierre Hola missed four kicks at goal as Wales clung on against the South Sea island minnows for their second win of the World Cup.
26/10 WALES QUALIFY FOR QUARTERS
WALES 27 ITALY 15:Wales qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals and a probable showdown with England by completing a revenge mission against Italy in Camberra. The defeat in Rome in February was the start of a disappointing season for Steve Hansen's men but they put that disappointment behind them when it mattered by securing a handsome victory with perhaps their best performance during Hansen's rein
27/10 FANS RATE WALES HIGHLY
Users of the WRU website were pleased with the way the team played against Italy, with over 70 per cent of fans rating the performance 7 or more out of 10.
31/10 JUNIOR RUGBY TO BE REVOLUTIONISED
As Wales prepare for the World Cup showdown against New Zealand on Sunday, youngsters across the country can look forward to a revolution in the junior game.
The Sports Council for Wales's flagship programme Dragon Sport is teaming up with the Welsh Rugby Union to introduce TAG rugby to primary school children. More than 200 youngsters from across Cardiff and the Vale celebrated TAG's introduction on Sunday immediately after the Wales v New Zealand game
Having been piloted, first in the Vale of Glamorgan and then Cardiff, TAG rugby is now being rolled out right across Wales with the support of local authorities and rugby clubs.
03/11 WALES TURN ON THE STYLE
WALES 37 NEW ZEALAND 53: Wales put England on alert with a sensational performance against the All Blacks that proved there is still fire in the Dragons' belly.
The rugby world watched on in disbelief for an hour - 60 glorious minutes - as second-string Wales were on the verge of pulling off the biggest shock in World Cup history.
Tries from Mark Taylor, Sonny Parker, Colin Charvis and wing sensation Shane Williams showed there is sill fire in the Dragon's belly.
08/11 CAN ANYONE STOP NEWPORT?
League leaders Newport saw off a spirited Bridgend challenge at Rodney Parade to extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches.
Winger Craig Richards trotted in for his 16th try of the season as Newport shrugged off an early deficit to win 32-10 and consign the Ravens to a second straight loss.
With second-placed Neath being held to a draw and third-placed Aberavon losing, Newport's lead is now a healthy six points.
09/11 WALES BOW OUT IN BLAZE OF GLORY
WALES 17 ENGLAND 28: Wales bowed out of the Rugby World Cup in glory after a heroic performance against England in Brisbane.
Steve Hansen's men outscored the English three tries to one with another stunning performance that proved the display against New Zealand was no fluke.
But the boot of Jonny Wilkinson did the damage as an unconvincing England outfit scrambled their way through to a semi-final against France.
09/11 HANSEN FULL OF PRIDE
Wales coach Steve Hansen made no attempt to hide his disappointment after the 28-17 defeat to England but was proud of the efforts of his players.
Hansen's brave side gave New Zealand a scare last week before bowing out with their heads held high against England.
The Kiwi coach said: 'We did very well but we did not quite get up. We came here to win and we've got at them but we didn't have enough.
'I'm very proud and we've come a along way. In the second half we couldn't get any ball and kept giving away penalties.'
20/11 WALES RANKED EIGHTH IN WORLD
Wales have jumped two places to eighth in the IRB world rankings following their exploits in Australia.
Victories over Canada, Tonga and Italy before scoring four tries against New Zealand saw Wales reach the World Cup quarter-finals Down Under.
And a display that saw them outscore finalists England three tries to one has also helped life Wales back into the top eight sides in the world.
27/11 KONICA MINOLTA THE NEW CUP SPONSORS
Welsh Rugby have unveiled a major new Â£300,000 plus sponsor, Konica Minolta, who are expanding their approved supplier status to include the national domestic Cup competition.
06/12 WALES WALLOP NEW ZEALAND
Wales Presidents u-21s 42 New Zealand Nike u-21s 11:A splendid performance by Wales under-21s, masquerading as a Presidents XV,saw them run in six tries and left the young New Zealanders way behind.
Coaches Chris Davey and Kevin Hopkins have again come up ith a splendid young squad and with a fine style with all 22 players being used.
06/12 THE HEINEKEN CUP KICKS-OFF
The HeIneken Cup kicks off once again, but only the Scarleta And Warriors win.
13/12 SCARLETS FLY THE FLAG
Gareth Jenkins' Scarlets remain the only unbeaten Welsh region in the Heineken Cup
but what will 2004 bring....?