The Dragons have been boosted by Welsh international lock Adam Jones' decision to stay at Rodney Parade for another two seasons whilst scrum half Wayne Evans has signed a one-year extension to his current contract.
The pair, who between them have racked up over 70 appearances for the region, both made their Dragons debuts in the same match in 2007, helping the side to a memorable 23-30 victory over regional rivals the Scarlets at Stradey Park. Since then, they have played leading roles for the Dragons both in the Magners League and the side's European campaigns.
Dragons Head Coach Paul Turner said: "It is great for the squad that Adam and Wayne will be staying with us. They have both been great servants to the region since their arrival and, over the last two years, have become key members of the squad."
Meanwhile Kevin Morgan, Newport Gwent Dragons' international full back, is set to make a return to regional action in Monday's development match against the Ospreys (Llandarcy 7.15pm).
Morgan, capped 48 times by his country, has been out since last June with a ruptured Achilles tendon and could mark his resumption by coming off the replacements bench.
Dragons new signing Aled Brew will be starting for the region after returning from a successful stint with the Welsh Sevens squad in New Zealand.
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
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.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series