Neath have made their ambitions for next season clear by adding Wales centre Adrian Durston and Wales A forwards Andy Newman and Hywel Jenkins to their ranks.
Durston, who plays at centre and full-back, toured Japan with Wales last summer and joins Neath from Bridgend.
Neath coach Lyn Jones said, "Adrian is one of Welsh rugby's enigmas. He is a tremendously talented footballer, but recognised it was time for a fresh challenge after spending many years at Bridgend. Our track record over the years has shown that at Neath we have helped such players achieve their full potential, and we are expecting Adrian to develop and challenge for international recognition during his time at the club."
24 year old Wales A lock Andy Newman joins Neath from Northampton, the club with whom he lifted the Heineken Cup in 2000.
Coach Lyn Jones said, "Andy, just like Hywel and Adrian, has under-achieved in his career to date. He is at the critical half way stage if he is to develop into an international second row, and the next few years will be vital for his development. He needs to knuckle down and work hard in our
environment. He will give us a physical edge with his bulk, and we are
delighted to have secured his services, in spite of strong competition from both Welsh and English clubs"
Hywel Jenkins toured Canada with the Wales development squad in 2000 and played for Wales A during the 2000/2001 season. He leaves Swansea to join the Welsh All Blacks.
Jones said, "Hywel is a hugely talented player who is maturing with age. He will also bring a physical presence and will add to an already strong back row. Everyone recognises Hywel's ability to play at the highest level, and it is our job to help him realise his full potential and achieve his international goals."
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.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series