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
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.