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."
The last five years have been an emotional rollercoaster on and off the pitch for RGC1404. Promotion to the Principality Premiership was the culmination of five years of hard work and investment in North Wales. WRU TV caught up with prop Joe Simpson, who was one of the first intake of WRU North Wales Academy players in 2010.
Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
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