For the first time in many years, this summer will see a period of consolidation within the Pontypridd RFC squad, rather than the usual catalogue of departures from the club.
The majority of the player base from the previous season have committed to stay on at Pontypridd, and with a couple of high profile new signings and an influx of exciting new talent thrown into the mix, all making for a strengthening of the squad to face the trials and tribulations of the forthcoming winter's campaign.
New signings already confirmed are full back Gary Williams, centres Lee Thorne and Dafydd Lockyer, winger Matthew Nuthall, and outside halves Aaron Bramwell and Dean Gunter.
Players released or departing from the Pontypridd squad are full back Lawrence Price, centre Mike Davies, outside half Gareth McCarthy, scrum half Andrew Jenkins and hooker Leighton Davies.
Blues Academy players, scrum half Rhys Downes, props Sam Hobbs and Pat Palmer and hooker Rhys Williams, will also be representing Pontypridd next season.
The core of the Ponty squad from the 2008 - 2009 season will still be at Sardis Road come September, with the following players having confirmed their allegiance to the club: Backs: Matthew Hutchings; Owen Williams; Lewis Williams; Chris Clayton; Gavin Dacey; Adam Thomas; Kristian Baller; Gavin Morris. Forwards: Stuart Williams; Owen Cotton; Ryan Harford; Huw Dowden; Chris Martenko; Grant Harrington; Ryan Savage; Chris Dicomidis; Kristian Dacey; Rhys Lloyd; Wayne O'Connor; Geraint Lewis; Nathan Strong.
WRU TV were on hand at the launch of a major new commercial deal with WRU and Mercedes-Benz South Wales (part of the Sinclair Group), which sees the family company become an official supplier to the Welsh Rugby Union
On the back of the recent Women's Rugby World Cup, the WRU has launched a revitalised Women's and Girls domestic seasonal structure, and the future is looking bright.
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Roger Lewis talks to WRU TV at the announcement of a new £60 million Rugby Services Agreement (RSA) which provides a new and positive contractual relationship between the WRU and its four Regions for the next six years has been agreed.
The Welsh Rugby Union has announced a major new sponsorship deal with Gullivers Sports Travel which will make the UK's leading, and longest established, multi-sport tour operator, an Official Supplier for the rest of the decade.
Having taken part in seven World Cups as a player and coach, Liza Burgess hopes to go out in style this afternoon when Wales take on Australia in the Play-off for seventh and eighth place in the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris.