Aberavon go into their opening Principality Premiership match of the season against Newport at the Talbot Athletic Ground on Saturday after completing four friendly matches.
Last weekend the Wizards defeated Tondu 52-19 at home and Baglan 28-0 away and used 42 players in the four outings, with several trialists included. Unfortunately, they lost scrum half Dan Davies with a broken ankle at Moseley.
Liam Gadd suffered a cut over the eye and other injured players include centre Ben John and No 8 Nathan Strong, while flanker Nathan Brown and flanker Darryl Thomas have had eye and knee operations respectively with centre Will Price recovering from a knee reconstruction.
However, there is great competition for places with veteran Richard Morris now having played 511 times for the club and among those pushing for a league debut are hooker Ieuan Davies, lock Hywel Davies and flanker Joe Tomalin-Reeves, the latter having returned from the Wales Under 18s Development trip to South Africa.
Over the summer Aberavon have had a massive recruitment drive with flyers going out to 20,000 homes in the Port Talbot and surrounding areas. This has had a fantastic up take with new members.
The Wizards have also made rugby more accessible to U16s with FREE entry at home games and they are working with local junior clubs with invites to games and much more. If a junior club would like to attend an Aberavon fixture then contact Gareth Howells on firstname.lastname@example.org
The club is really excited with the kick off of the new Principality Premiership season and can't wait for Saturday's fixture, so hopefully, families and friends will come and support the Wizards
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.