With barely a month to go to the start of a new campaign, and with the first pre-season friendly just two weeks away, the task of finalising the Pontypridd senior squad continues.
Two new additions to the squad have been announced this week, both players being young front rowers drafted in from neighbouring Valley clubs.
Prop John Williams joins up with Pontypridd from Aberdare, the 20-year-old loose head having been capped by Wales at Youth level in both union and league codes. Hooker Thomas Hetherington has impressed for Ystrad Rhondda under the mentorship of former Ponty stalwart Mike Griffiths, having previously played for Treorchy. The 24-year-old formerly played at open-side flanker, and trialled with Pontypridd in that position, before making the conversion to hooker.
Both Williams and Hetherington have made their mark in pre-season training with Ponty this summer, and have been rewarded by being drafted into the club's senior squad.
A number of trialists continue to vie for a remaining place in the Pontypridd squad, with cover required in the open-side flanker position. Sam Studley from Llanharan, and formerly of Ponty Youth, Rhys Watkins from Caerphilly, Matthew Rees from Merthyr and Darren Walters from Beddau are all in contention for a placement with Pontypridd
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.