Llanelli have secured the signature of second row Paul Clapham from Bridgend - and he could be in for a baptism of fire against Heineken Cup finalists Munster at Stradey Park (31 August).
The Scarlets fixture list starts with the visit of the Irish superstars, gathers pace with three big home games over Christmas as Newport, Swansea and Bourgoin all visit and culminates in a home derby against Neath before a trip to Cardiff in May.
And Wales' leading lights in Europe last year have strengthened their squad with Iestyn Thomas and Matthew Watkins already on the summer signings list, but an injury to Luke Gross and the release of Craig Gillies and Scott Morgan had left the Scarlets light in the second row.
"We have a strong squad at Llanelli and results in Europe and at home last year prove that," said chief executive Stuart Gallacher.
"The few signings we have made will strengthen us even further and we'd love to recreate the sort of form that got us to the Heineken Cup semi-final, Welsh Cup final and brought the Welsh/Scottish league title back to Stradey Park last season.
"Paul is a proven second row forward, who knows his way around the Welsh rugby scene and will be a great asset to the club.
"We are delighted to welcome him into the squad to strengthen the forward line and hope he takes the opportunity to shine at a club very much at the centre of Welsh rugby."
Llanelli and Gallacher have their sights set on all four trophies again this year, with a better show in the Celtic League and a Welsh Cup final place high on the priority list, but it is still success in Europe that they really crave.
"The aim is to go one better this year than last," he added.
"None of the Welsh teams did themselves justice in the Celtic league in its first season and September will be a tough start for us with a visit to Nath coming soon after Munster come to Stradey.
"But it's going to be excellent preparation for our European campaign, although we have a tough group with Sale looking strong and Glasgow, who we are yet to beat away from home.
"And we're particularly looking forward to the boxing day visit of Newport, it promises to be a 'top-of-the-table' clash and should give us a capacity crowd to help celebrate Christmas."
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.