Colin Charvis gave a personal reference to seal Gavin Thomas' move to Newport Gwent Dragons.
Charvis spoke to Dragons boss Paul Turner and urged him to snap up the 27-year-old Wales flanker. And Wales' most-capped forward Charvis' support paid off when Turner signed the former Scarlets ace.
Turner said: "Once the Scarlets made their decision, we began our homework on Gavin. It had been said he had an Achilles injury but that hasn't shown up in training for us.
"The information I received about Gavin was good including some feedback from Colin. "He was enthusiastic and said he had always rated him really highly - I was pleased by that.
"I'm delighted to have captured Gavin because it will bolster our pack as we've lost Colin, Richard Parks and Jamie Ringer."
Thomas left the Scarlets after the west Wales region cancelled his contract following a 26-week injury get-out clause.
Now Thomas, capped 22 times by Wales, hopes to resurrect his career alongside fellow new signings Rob Sidoli, Ali McKenzie and Kiwi pair Ben Castle and Danny Lee at Rodney Parade.
Turner added: "Gavin is a top class rugby player and I've watched him a lot since he played for Bath. "He's experienced, a good ball carrier and his defence is excellent. They are all qualities are all traits that I look for in a player.
"I'm confident he will suit our style of play by getting his hands on the ball and bring a new dimension to us."
The Dragons begin their season preparations with friendlies against Worcester and Coventry after a week-long training camp in west Wales next week.
Turner added: "We're going away to Abersyswyth university for some hard rugby training and team-bonding exercises.
"It's a good opportunity for us to get together and in the days of teams heading off to Europe on planes, we will be going on a bus trip. I'm looking forward to it."
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.
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