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."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.