Ten years after he played the most recent of his 85 first team games for the Blue & Blacks, Jamie Ringer is among a host of new recruits to the Arms Park squad as the Principality Premiership champions set out to build on last season's success story.
While the former Wales' flanker will bring undoubted experience to the Cardiff set-up, team administrator Keith Morgan emphasised that the club's commitment to developing young talent remains paramount.
He said, "As well as bringing in Jamie we have maintained a healthy balance between youth and experience with the addition of several players in their late teens and early twenties. These include James Loxton from the Blues Academy, another former academy product in Tom Slater, and several other Wales under-20 caps such as Ashley Sweet and Jimmy Norris."
The Blue & Blacks have another significant addition to their back row resources is Dan Godfrey, one of the outstanding Premiership players of the last couple of years when he was with Llanelli.
Lee Jarvis and Howard Stone will continue as coaches, in charge of the backs and forwards respectively, with ex-Blues number 8 Mark Lewis assisting them
The Blue & Blacks tied up the Premiership title last April with a 16-match winning run that stretched back over six months.
They begin their new campaign with a mouth-watering home fixture against Swansea on 29 August.
Keith Morgan added, "There promises to be a feast of attractive Saturday afternoon Premiership rugby at Cardiff Arms Park in the early weeks of the new season with Swansea being followed by Neath in mid-September before we entertain Llandovery, newly-promoted Carmarthen Quins and local rivals Bedwas and Pontypridd."
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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.
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