Hooker Steve Jones has been rewarded for some sterling efforts this season with an extended contract.
Dragons and Wales hooker Steve Jones has committed to another two years with the region, which will see him at Rodney Parade until the end of the 2011-12 season.
The Neath-born hooker played for UWIC and Neath before joining the Dragons at the inception of regional rugby and has proven a great servant to the club with both his reliable set-piece and dynamic work in the loose.
Having represented Wales at students, Wales development XV and Wales A level, the 5-times Welsh capped hooker made his senior international debut against Japan in 2001 and went on to feature in Wales' 2007 test squad to tour Australia.
"I've really enjoyed my years at the Dragons and I think this is an exciting time to be involved with the region," said Jones. "We have a strong group of players at Rodney Parade and with a lot of home-grown talent coming through, I'm looking forward to another two years here.
"There is a great atmosphere in the camp and a really strong team spirit."
With captain Tom Willis sidelined with a calf injury for much of the 2009/10 season, Jones grabbed the opportunity, not only to regularly start, but also to captain the Men of Gwent and has proven yet again the value of his experience and expertise.
"We are delighted to have retained the services of Steve for the next two years," said Dragons Rugby Manager Robert Beale. "He is an integral part of our squad and future plans."
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips hosted the second meeting of the WRU Youth Board last weekend ahead of the Judgement Day IV regional double-header. Tthe board, made up of 15 under-21-year-olds from around Wales, heard presentations from head of participation Ryan Jones, policy and integrity manager Jeremy Rogers and national women's rugby manager Caroline Spanton, with Pro Rugby Wales CEO Mark Davies also on hand to hear the range of views aired.
Wales duo Rhun Williams and Liam Belcher, who makes a welcome return after five months of injury woe, look ahead to next month's World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester where they will face Ireland, Georgia and New Zealand.
Whenever Bedlinog tackle Penallta a massive fixure is guaranteed but this Sunday there will be even more emphasis placed on the two rivals when they contest the SSE Swalec Plate final at Principality Stadium.
Ahead of their SSE SWALEC Bowl Final clash with Taffs Well at Principality Stadium on Sunday, Burry Port share their #FABXV nomination with WRUTV in the search for Welsh rugby's greatest volunteers. Everyone can get involved by sending nominations via twitter to @WRU_Community using the hashtag #FABXV
Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins and Ospreys centre Ben John look ahead to the first game at Principality Stadium in Saturday's double header which is promising to be a special occasion for all Welsh fans.
Carmarthen Quins Director of Rugby Ian Jones and committee member Jeff Thomas along with Llandovery chairman Handel Davies look ahead to Sunday's SSE SWALEC Cup showdown where both teams are out to prove 'West is best'
SWALEC ambassador Shane WIlliams is looking forward to Sunday's Finals Day where the Cup, Bowl and Plate offers a great opportunity for players and teams to experience the magic of playing at Principality Stadium
Carmarthen Quins coach Richard Kelly believes it is an exciting time to be part of the Scarlets region as his side take on local rivals Llandovery in the SSE Swalec Cup final on Sunday, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers