PONTYPOOL have bolstered their pack with three forwards from Newport while the WRU National Championship winners have also signed a speedster from the Black and Ambers.

Pooler have secured the return of flanker Craig Attwell and lock/blindside Rhodri Jones from the Black and Ambers while experienced back row forward Brendan Lampitt is also making the move from Rodney Parade.

They will be charged with helping to lay the platform for the backs with Blackwood-born Owen Williams hoping to thrive from quality ball after enduring injury frustration in Newport.

Attwell, who started out as a hooker, moved to Newport in 2012 from Pooler and the 26-year-old made 79 appearances for the Black and Ambers.

Jones arrived at Rodney Parade at the same time and, after spending a season with Lansdowne in Ireland in 2013/14, the 27-year-old played 66 times for the club.

Lampitt, 31, proved to be a real hit with Newport after making the move from Bedwas in 2012 thanks to his honest toil in the back row.

"Craig is a highly committed individual and I have no doubt that he will only serve to add even more positivity and drive to our already ambitious team," said head coach Leighton Jones.

"Rhodri is a vital addition to our well-established set of forwards and he will provide us with several new options in a position that has been notoriously challenging to establish depth in during recent seasons.

"Brendan is a player who we have tried to bring to the club for a few seasons, as his commitment and physicality are two essential ingredients for succeeding in the Championship division."

Williams, 31, made his name with Pontypridd and his exploits in the Principality Premiership earned selection for Wales sevens in the South Africa leg of the World Series in 2011. He has spent the last two seasons with Newport only to be limited to 14 appearances by injury.

However, he is back firing fit and Jones is relishing the experienced winger helping to bring through the next generation of finishers at Pooler.

"Owen is a fantastically gifted winger who has an excellent understanding of how to create and sense potentially match-winning opportunities," said the head coach.

"We still have a relatively young set of backs and Owen's experiences, both at international and club level, will have a major impact on our team continuing to progress as a whole over the next couple of seasons."

Last week Pooler, who lost just one of 22 Championship games last term, announced that 29 of their title-winning squad have agreed to stay for the defence of their crown.