Neath's latest international Andrew Bishop, capped by Wales in the second test in South Africa during the summer, returns to The Gnoll for the first time and takes his place in the centre when the Welsh All Blacks play Bridgend in the Principality Premiership this weekend.
Bishop was virtually ever-present in 2004/05 when Neath won the first of their four successive League titles and there should be a good crowd at The Gnoll for his homecoming as Neath, beginning to hit their straps, take on a Bridgend side who are undergoing something of a revival after a difficult last season.
Director of Rugby Rowland Phillips said: "Bridgend have shown the improvement this year that we thought they would under the influence of ex-Neath men Paul Williams and Andrew Millward. Our former outside-half Gareth Bowen has done a fine job for them too as stand-in captain.
"They have been competitive in all games to date and, from all reports, they were decidedly unlucky against Newport last week so we know the challenge that faces us and we know that we must continue to build our game.
"From the Neath point of view, two big wins have got our season back on track but there is a long way to go yet. What has really been pleasing is the number of tries and points we are scoring which suggests that the new systems we are putting in place are beginning to have an effect. We can draw confidence from the last two games but our aim is to keep improving."
Champions Neath have run up 119 points and 18 tries in their last two games against Cross Keys (62-20) and away to Bedwas (59-20) but the coaching team are aware that much work remains to be done and feel that the best is yet to come.
Hooker Gerwyn Price, in outstanding form this season, picked up a knee injury last Saturday so Andy Littlehales (a try-scoring replacement at Bedwas) takes over with the experienced James Richards eagerly waiting in the wings.
Prop Martin Jones also returns after a fortnight's absence during which that remarkable veteran Andrew Howell has performed bench duty.
The Welsh All Blacks also welcome back Neil Edwards and Gareth Gravell who missed the win over Bedwas. Last week's man of the match Haydn Pugh is on the replacements' bench alongside flanker James Merriman who makes a timely return after injury.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.