Newport Gwent Dragons coach Paul Turner believes his players must tap into the feel-good factor at Rodney Parade
The Dragons kick off their Magners League campaign with a home tie against Glasgow Warriors and Turner admits he is delighted with the way his new-look side is shaping up. "I am pretty excited about what lies in store for us as a region," he said. "We have recruited well over the summer and I can feel the buzz around the place.
"There is always a sense of high-expectancy around Rodney Parade and for that you cannot fault our loyal supporters. I know that the players are keen to get out on the field and make a strong start to the season.
New signing Tom Willis takes over from Wales and Dragons veteran Colin Charvis as captain this season and the All Black hooker says he cannot wait to start his new career following his move from Waikato Chiefs.
Willis said: "We've been working very hard for the last two months with the physical conditioning and re-tuning our game. We want to make a statement and we can't wait for the kick off."
Willis joins new recruits Marc Stcherbina, Tal Selley, Rory Sidey and James Arlidge in making their debuts for the Gwent region.
Dragons: A Smith, T Selley, R Sidey, M Stcherbina, R Fussell, J Arlidge, W Evans; A Black, T Willis (capt), R Thomas, A Jones, L Charteris, J Bearman, L Evans, R Parks
Replacements: H Gustafson, L Harrison, J Ringer, G Webb, S Connor, G Maule, R Lewis
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