Pontypridd have signed promising young prop Martin Jones from Ebbw Vale.
Jones, 23, will replace England tourist Duncan Bell who has already agreed to join Bath next season.
The former Wales Under-21 forward had been linked with Cardiff before they signed Wales prop Ben Evans from Swansea.
"I have always been a fan of Pontypridd and in my heart of hearts I always knew I would join them," said Jones.
"With Duncan Bell leaving there is an opportunity for me to prove myself - it's a very exciting time for me and for Welsh rugby.
"With the talent we have on paper at Pontypridd and Bridgend we should be able to make a big impact next season."
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.