The Welsh Rugby Union is delighted that another key international player has committed his future to a Welsh rugby Region.
This follows the recent announcement that the Wales centre, Scott Williams, is also to remain with the Scarlets under a new player contract.
Priestland has won 27 caps for Wales scoring 56 points and is a current member of Warren Gatland's 2014 RBS 6 Nations Wales squad.
The decision of Rhys and other key players to commit to Welsh Regions is being seen as a positive signal for the game in Wales at a time when lucrative offers are being made for players to move abroad.
The WRU remains cautiously optimistic that discussions related to the agreement of a European cup competition format for next season are nearing resolution.
The WRU and the Regions are currently negotiating a new Rugby Services Agreement which will include terms for player welfare and release for international duty.
The WRU has declared the governing body is prepared to negotiate National Contracts with key players the Regions have been unable to negotiate renewed contracts with, so they can remain in Wales with their Region.
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'.