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."
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series