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.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.