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."
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose