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."
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.