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.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
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.
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