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."
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.