Wales No.8 Toby Faletau has handed Newport Gwent Dragons a fitness boost.
The explosive 21-year-old was forced home from the Grand Slam champions' tour of Australia early, after breaking a bone in his hand during the first Test defeat in Brisbane.
It had been feared that Faletau could be sidelined for an extended period but the Dragons are confident their starlet will be back in action for the beginning of the season.
Steffan Jones and Adam Jones have also returned to training, having missed the end of last season with ankle and foot injuries respectively, while Tonderai Chavhanga is scheduled for a return in August.
"Everybody is in great shape," head coach Darren Edwards told the South Wales Argus.
"The squad were given targets when they left and have hit them.
"I'm particularly impressed with the guys from the Premiership that we have invited in to join us in training - they are standing toe-to-toe with the rest of our squad.
"Credit to them for their hard work, they want to play professional rugby and their desire is certainly spurring on our current pros. That competitiveness is what we want to generate.
"Unless we are unlucky in pre-season we will be starting with a full squad, which is great for preparation and a huge boost."
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