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."
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.
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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.