Wales' Under 20s suffered a crushing defeat against their English counterparts. The home side outscored the visitors by ten tries to one, leading 38 nil at half time. Flanker Gus Jones crossed four times for England. A late penalty try and conversion was all Wales had to show for their efforts.
The Under 20s got Wales' Six Nations weekend off to the best possible start, keeping their Irish counterparts scoreless in Athlone. In difficult conditions, it was only an Ethan Davies penalty that separated the sides at half time.
But Wales dominated after the break, 8 more points from the boot of Davies plus a Steffan Hughes try giving the visitors a thoroughly deserved victory, and maintaining their 100 per cent victory in the championship so far.
Cardiff Blues were left rattled in the first-half of their Heineken Cup opener, after Exeter Chiefs scored five first-half tries, including three in a five minute spell.
The Blues mounted a second-half comeback, securing a try-scoring bonus point for their effort, but had left their charge too late as Exeter claimed a 44-29 victory.
Their first try came with 25 minutes to play, when scrum-half Lloyd Williams picked up from the base of a ruck to race 25 metres to the line and Leigh Halfpenny adding the conversion. An opportunist try from replacement back row Robin Copeland gave the Blues their second.
Alex Cuthbert's try was awarded after the referee consulted the TMO, but Halfpenny's conversion attempt hit the far upright. Harry Robinson gave the visitors their try-scoring bonus point with his effort.
Derek McGrath, the man spearheading a last ditch attempt to save the Heineken Cup insists "the door is still open" for clubs to come back around the negotiating table over the future of European club rugby.
English and French clubs have laid out plans to form a breakaway competition, the Rugby Champions Cup, away from the ERC run European competition that has been the pinnacle of the club game for the past 18 seasons.
The invitation to join the new format has been extended to Welsh, Irish, Scottish and Italian clubs currently competing in the Rabodirect Pro 12.
But with the Celtic unions adamant they will not allow their regions, provinces or clubs to compete in a non-IRB recognised competition the future of the European game has been cast into doubt.
But, speaking at the launch of the Heineken and Amlin Cups in Cardiff, ERC chief executive McGrath is said he believes a solution can be found:
"ERC supports and wishes to encourage everybody back to the table. There is a lot of activity going on to try to find solutions.
"We have stated many times that we absolutely believe that we will only find agreement when we have the full engagement of all the parties around the table. We haven't had that yet.
"We haven't had engagement and we haven't had negotiation, which is critical to find progress. The door is still open to find solutions.
"There is still time, but all parties bear a responsibility to find those solutions, and walking away is not respecting the obligations to those, in particular, who are not sitting at the table - the fans, the players, the sponsors - who have a significant interest in the future of the competitions.
"We would like to get solutions as soon as possible. The meeting we have called for October 23 and 24 is not that far away if we can get proper engagement. We would encourage everyone to get back to the table because solutions can be found.
"We absolutely believe the future is best served by doing what we have all been doing for 18 years. I sincerely believe it is in everyone's best interests to come to the meeting."
The Dragons continued their impressive early-season form by defeating the Scarlets at Rodney Parade. The home side started brightly, scoring two tries on their way to a 17-3 lead. The Scarlets clawed their way back into it with a try from Wales centre Scott Williams.
But immaculate kicking from winger Tom Prydie, who slotted a late penalty from the touchline, helped the Dragons close it out.
Tickets for Wales' Autumn Series will go on sale at midday. Warren Gatland's men - complete with Lions stars Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton - take on South Africa on November 9th. The following week Argentina visit the Millennium Stadium, with Tonga and Australia also set to play in Cardiff.
Wales Autumn Series 2013: Wales v South Africa – Saturday, 9 November, KO 5.30pm Wales v Argentina – Saturday, 16 November, KO 2.30pm Wales v Tonga – Friday, 22 November, KO 7.30pm Wales v Australia – Saturday, 30 November, KO 5.00pm
Wales' Mike Phillips, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate and Alun Wyn Jones all scored for the British and Irish Lions as they thrashed the Barbarians by 59 points to 8 in Hong Kong. Mike Phillips was also awarded man of the match in what was the Lions' first match of their summer tour.