RGC star Afon Bagshaw has been rewarded for his exceptional efforts on the national stage with a 7s contract.

The full-back has made a huge impression for the Welsh side in recent months, which included playing a significant role in their success at the World Rugby 7s Cup this summer in the United States.

Gareth Williams has acknowledged his contribution to the set-up with an official contract from the Welsh Rugby Union, which will see Bagshaw become a more consistent member of the squad during a busy series of fixtures over the coming year.

The news is a blow to the Gogs’ Principality Premiership title hopes, with Bagshaw set to miss a considerable portion of the top-flight campaign due to his new commitments with the national side.

Dion Jones is a ready-made replacement and made a massive contribution in his first season back at Stadiwm Zip World last term after a spell away following his graduation from their thriving Academy.

Head coach Mark Jones has brought in reinforcements in the form of Karl Martin, a South African back who can operate on the wing or the full-back position.

Bagshaw captained the Welsh squad at the Moscow 7s last year, and his influence has steadily grown within the side following a series of outstanding displays over the winter at high-profile venues across the globe.