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."
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Wales U20 face a tough group in the Junior World Championship with France, England and Japan lying in wait but Attack coach Jason Strange and back rower Tom Phillips are looking forward to the campaign ahead.
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Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.