Pontypridd has confirmed its intention to challenge strongly for honours in domestic and cross border competitions next season by bringing dynamic flanker Rhys Shellard back to Sardis Road.
The return of Shellard to the club where he initially made his mark at senior level back in 2004 gives an indication that Ponty will be proactive in defending its status as Premiership Champions.
This will be a real homecoming for the 27-year-old Aberdare born flanker, whose father Mike and uncle Dai were also Pontypridd stalwarts in their day.
Shellard rose through the ranks of the Celtic Warriors and Blues Academies, becoming a regular in the Pontypridd senior team from 2004 to 2008, during which time he made 89 club appearances. He had in the meantime been capped by and captained Wales at Youth and Under 21 level.
Released from the Blues Academy in 2008, Shellard joined up with Cardiff and became a regular in the senior Wales Sevens squad which he also captained.
Shellard now returns to Pontypridd as a player still in his prime and with a wealth of experience at club, regional and international level behind him. His dynamic style of play and his commitment to lead from the front will provide a huge boost to the club as it faces the challenges of another season.
Shellard will be dually contracted with Pontypridd and Wales Sevens.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.