Tongan international forward Nalu Tau has left Pontypridd just a few days before their Parker Pen European Shield match against Saracens.
The powerful prop suffered a neck injury ten months ago and has never been able to regain his place since Duncan Bell, the former Ebbw Vale player, was signed from Sale.
Tau has joined Division One club Pontypool, who already have a Tongan prop in Uniata Moa, and will be eligible to play in the seventh round Principality Cup tie against Swansea at Pontypool Park on Friday, February 22.
With Moa competing for the loose-head job, Tau will play on the tight-head of the front row and the 33-years-old, with almost as many caps as his age, at 18 stones seven pounds will give the Pontypool chances a huge boost.
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.