A pair of Rydal Penrhos pupils helped RGC finish plate runners-up at the Fosters 7s tournament as they embark on their first ever top flight game this weekend.
The Gogs travel to Bridgend on Saturday in what is expected to be a tough test to open life in the Principality Premiership following their historic promotion last term.
Their final tune-up at the Cardiff showcase almost ended with a trophy, with a young RGC side reaching the final of the plate before suffering a 33-14 defeat to Newport.
One of the North Walian club's former players, Llywarch ap Myrddin, came back to haunt his old teammates as he sped away for two tries in the first-half of the final to give Newport a 21-7 lead. Ellis Roberts grabbed one back for RGC, but Arwel Robson rounded off the opening 10 minutes with a try and conversion of his own for the Black & Ambers.
Elliot Frewen and Wes Cunliffe then crossed for further Newport scores before Dafydd Jones grabbed a consolation score for RGC in the last move of the match to cut the gap to 33-14.
They reached the final thanks to wins over Bedwas (28-18) and Merthyr, with the academy pair of Dan Owen and Adam Sabri, pupils at the school, impressing alongside senior figures Alex Schwartz and ex-pupil Sam Jones.
The RGC squad has received a boost with the return to Parc Eirias of two familiar faces, with former favourites Harri Evans and Shaun O’Rouke making it seven new signings during the summer.
Head coach Mark Jones, said: “We are looking to build something special here in North Wales and I am looking to continue to play expansive rugby that has been so successful here in the past.
“Hopefully this is just the start of the progression thanks to the hard work of the coaches that have gone before me, and bringing young players through will be key to any success we have here.”
One player who will not be part of the squad is Kelvin Davies, who is returning to Llandudno due to work and family commitments.
He said: “Unfortunately I have made the decision to call it a day due to family and work. I can't thank the lads, staff and the supporters enough, so proud of everything we achieved together. It's been amazing and something I'll remember for the rest of my life."