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
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference