Young Dragons prop Hugh Gustafson has had his contract at Rodney Parade extended.
Newport Gwent Dragons have reinforced their front row for next season with the signing of Ali McKenzie from Calvisano whilst rising star Hugh Gustafson has signed a one-year extension to his current contract.
London born McKenzie joined Calvisano from London Wasps in 2007 having won the European Challenge Cup with Wasps in 2003 and was part of the Wasps squad which went on to the lift the Heineken Cup at Twickenham in 2004.
"We are delighted that Hugh is staying with us at the Dragons," said Dragons Rugby manager Robert Beale.
"He is a talented young player and although he has struggled with injury this season, we consider him to be very much a part of the future of the side at Rodney Parade.
"Ali will be a great addition to our squad. He has plenty of experience of big games from his time at London Wasps and he will certainly reinforce our already quality front row."
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.