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.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
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