Bridgend today claimed the first major commercial coup of the new club season when they announced a two-year, six-figure sponsorship deal.
Bridgend company JVH Group will back Gareth Thomas's team in the new season, Bridgend having made 15 close-season signings, including Wales lock Andrew Moore and All Black fly half Simon Mannix.
"We are very satisfied with this deal, which will run for two years and involve a six-figure sum," said Bridgend owner Leighton Samuel.
"We have got a strong squad and the infra-structure in place and I just
hope we now get better support on the terraces."
Allan Lewis, another relative newcomer, as senior coach, said: "We have
reinforced the squad and now have greater strength in it.
"When you invest so much on the playing side then there are large expectations but with the team we now have I am sure we will be competitive."
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
WRUTV caught up with Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor at the RBS 6 Nations launch and how a good crowd really helps boost the girls performance. Tickets for all three Women's home games at The Gnoll, Neath are available from www.wru.wales/tickets