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.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series