Hot on the heels of revealing the new-look coaching team for 2009/10, Neath have released the first batch of new signings for the forthcoming season - with the promise from chairman Geraint Hawkes that more will follow.
One new face already in the public realm is that of former Wales full-back Kevin Morgan who was introduced last week as the club's fitness and conditioning coach.
He is joined by another former Wales man in centre Nathan Brew whose younger brother Aled played for Neath during their first title-winning season of 2004/5. Nathan, a graduate of Neath College, won his only Welsh cap against Romania in 2003 when with the Dragons. He then switched to the Scarlets and Bristol, and, despite being offered a contract in France, he chose Neath and will add pace to the Neath back division.
In the back-row, Adam Whitney has been brought in at open-side flanker. Whitney won age-group honours, was briefly an Osprey and played for Bridgend and Cardiff before heading to Moseley.
Joining him in the back row will be Cup final replacement Craig Price (Abercrave) who figured in the Neath back row towards the end of last season, and was recommended to the club by former Neath and Wales No 8 Mark Jones.
Neath have beefed up the front row by signing two props in Anthony Lott from Ebbw Vale who has appeared at regional level for the Dragons and Emyr Lewis, who hails from the Amman Valley, and who has arrived via Spanish club El Salvador.
Aberystwyth-product, Wales Under-18's scrum-half Tom James who has played for Llandovery, will contest scrum-half duties with New Zealander Kevin Farrell while goal-kicking outside-half Gareth McCarthy is on board from Pontypridd as is Lloyd Phillips, son of ex-Neath coach Rowland.
Neath are also planning for the future in offering development players the chance to train with the squad with a view to making the step up over an 18-month period.
Six players are currently training with the Neath squad on these terms - wing Richard Smith (Bryncoch), props James Reeves (Skewen) and Matthew Jeffreys (Abercrave), flanker George Barden (Gwernyfed) along with the Ystradgynlais pairing of scrum-half Ryan Jones and centre Dean Howells.
Richard Smith and George Barden figured last season for Neath while scrum-half Jones is the son of ex-Neath scrum-half Gareth (Sparky), who was man-of-the-match when Neath lost the 1984 cup final 19-24 to Cardiff.
Chairman Hawkes commented, "We are delighted to have sealed these new signings for what will be an exciting season and I am confident that we will have a quality squad that is hungry for success. Further moves are in the pipeline as we seek to build on the success we have achieved in past years."
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.