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.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.