The Dragons were the only Welsh region to emerge with a victory from the opening round of pre-season friendlies at the weekend, beating English Championship side Bristol 34-19.
New skipper Lee Byrne led out the side and had fellow new recruits Andy Powell, Aled Brew and Boris Stankovich alongside him. Tries from Jason Tovey and Rynard Landman helped he visitors lead 20-12 at the interval and Cory Hill and Owen Evans added further touchdowns in the second half.
Cardiff Blues new head coach Mark Hammett saw his side go down 24-17 to Exeter Chiefs at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night. Three first-half tries from the visitors saw them jump into a 24-7 lead before the Blues launched a spirited second half revival.
Newcomer George Watkins showed his pace to score the opening try for the home side and after the break there were further scores from Chris Dicomidis and Ellis Jenkins. The Blues meet Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Friday, 29 August in their final warm-up game before the Guinness PRO12 season kicks-off.
The Ospreys conceded a try after only 13 seconds in their 23-6 defeat at the home of English Championship side Worcester Warriors and never really recovered. The Warriors ran in two more tries, while the only points for the Welsh region came from the boot of outside half Sam Davies.
The Scarlets welcomed back Wales centre Scott Williams for his first game in six months in their 26-26 draw at Bath. Both sides scored four tries, with Williams marking his return with one of them for the visitors.
It was a first outing for new head coach Wayne Pivac and he would have been delighted to see Regan King slot back into the midfield so easily after returning to the club from Clermont Auvergne. King helped Williams grab his try in the second half after the Scarlets' had changed ends 12-7 in arrears.
Rob McCusker scored a first-half try on his return from injury and the others came from James Davies and Aled Davies.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips has urged Welsh rugby fans to follow in the footsteps of their soccer counterparts at last summer's Euro Championship by backing their team to the hilt in the upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Chief executive Martyn Phillips has highlighted the plans for Wales to become a breeding ground for national and elite club rugby coaches, which are contained in the WRU's 10-year 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby'.
Andrew Coombs is enjoying his new role as Nelson forwards coach. The former Dragons and Wales lock has big ambitions to become a professional coach but feels it's important to learn the ropes in grassroots rugby and where better than his home club Nelson, with friends and family close to hand.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
A proud Japan head coach Jamie Joseph praises his players who so nearly pulled off a shock victory against Wales at the Principality Stadium where his side's fast tempo ensured the game wasn't decided until the dying seconds.
Head coach Rob Howley explains the changes he has made to the Wales squad which faces Argentina on Saturday while captain Gethin Jenkins and returning back row Sam Warburton are determined the players will 'produce a performance they are proud of'
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards and second row Bradley Davies react to Saturday's disappointing defeat to Australia on Saturday but assure Welsh fans they indend to bounce back this weekend against Argentina.
Flanker Justin Tipuric reveals to WRU TV that he is looking forward to playing alongside Ross Moriarty and Dan Lydiate in what is an unfamiliar back row combination as Wales look to take on Australia at Principality Stadium on Saturday.
The Ospreys may be the leading try scorers in European rugby this season with 38 for their five Challenge Cup pool matches, but they are going to have to go some in Round 6 in Newcastle to overtake the record held by Saracens.