The competition is a springboard for age grade international rugby with the various campaigns kicking in after Christmas, starting with Wales U18 v Italy on January 6 (Neath RFC). Players are giving the national selectors a welcome headache by putting their hands up for places in the Wales Under 16, Under 18, Under 19 and Under 21 national teams.
Whilst the level of competition remains intense and a healthy will to win is strong amongst the players, the region's players follow a development programme which focuses on the player as a whole. Weekly sessions include dietary advice, physical training, video analysis and match preparation and District Directors of Rugby ensure the players do not 'overplay'.
From a performance point of view, the Under 16s South are possibly the pick of the Blues sides with the likes of Ben Warburton and Phil Williams shining, but the under 18s and under 20s have both performed well in their respective games to date.
All in all it has been a decent start for the region with District Director of Rugby Gafyn Cooper admitting "This competition has given a massive amount of focus and identity to our new Region which is important. It has proven to be a higher level of competition than any of the games our players get for their clubs or schools, particularly at Under 16 and Under 18 level.
"I am also delighted with the cooperation we have received from both Cardiff and Pontypridd rugby clubs with regard to our Under 20s players. It is important for the players' development and the profile of the competition that we field our best team in these matches."
by Gafyn Cooper