Welsh hookers Jonathan Humphreys and Mefin Davies have both been given a boost today after securing their futures for another season.
Former Wales skipper Humphreys will captain Bath this season while current No 2 Davies will today sign for Welsh Premiership part-timers Neath.
Davies is the last of the Celtic Warriors squad to find a new employer after the region was disbanded in the summer.The 31-year-old, first choice hooker for Wales on their recent tour to Argentina and South Africa, failed to win a contract with any of the four regional sides despite turning down a lucrative offer from Stade Francais.
Meanwhile Humphreys, 35, will carry on leading Bath having stepped in during England lock Danny Grewcock's international duty last season, and was also in charge in the Zurich Premiership final loss to Wasps at Twickenham.
The former Cardiff hooker will be assisted by vice-captains and England internationals Mike Tindall and Steve Borthwick.
'I'm looking forward to what promises to be an exciting season as standards across the Zurich Premiership increase year on year, while the Heineken Cup will be an immense challenge for us,' said Humphreys.
The Bath squad left yesterday (THU) for a two-match tour to South Africa. They play Berea Rovers on Monday, and Natal Sharks on Saturday week as a curtain-raiser to the Tri-Nations clash between South Africa and Australia in Durban.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.