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."
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference