Deep vein thrombosis victim Andy Marinos is ready to put his injury nightmare behind him as he prepares to make his comeback in the Principality Cup final this weekend...and reclaim his Wales jersey for this autumn's World Cup Down Under...
The Newport centre - who is a target for several clubs in the Zurich Premiership - was struck down with the killer condition as he battled to recover from damaged ligaments in his foot in January.
Doctors say his leg may never fully recover because of the damage to the artery. But after a four-month lay-off, a rejuvenated Marinos is gunning for a place in Saturday's Principality Cup final against Llanelli - and a return to the Wales team.
'It's been a hard road and very frustrating,' he said. 'You just want to get out there and prove yourself. It's been a struggle and but I'm all ready to come back,
'The Cup final would be the perfect stage to perform and grab a tour place. It's the last big game of the season as I don't know how seriously teams are taking the rest of the league.
'I figure I'm still a part of Steve Hansen's plans and as long as I'm here I've got to be in with a chance.
'Australia is definitely a realistic target. I have no doubt in my ability and from a mental and physical point of view I've just got to switch on for these last few weeks.
'I did it before last season when I didn't play for nine weeks and then went to South Africa in the summer and started both Tests - so I don't see why I can't do it again.'
Indeed the 30-year-old is desperate for some good news after a thoroughly miserable season.
A dip in form lost him his place in the Wales team for the autumn internationals before injury and illness cost him four months of the campaign.
But this week Marinos stormed back into the Newport side as a replacement against cup final opponents Llanelli and then arch rivals Cardiff on Friday night.
'My first game back was a lot of fun and not as bad as I thought,' he said.
'I was a bit concerned from a fitness point of view but I've been working hard with the Wales fitness coach to get my sharpness and agility back. Now it's just a matter of getting some match time and getting my game together.'
However a year of misery has not stopped the South African born three-quarter, capped seven times for Wales, from attracting plenty of attention from other clubs.
And he admitted he was considering a deal to go to England amid the uncertainty in Welsh rugby over the new provincial system.
'The uncertainty in Wales has not helped at all,' said Marinos. 'I haven't heard anything from Newport and really I'm no more secure than I was two months ago. Hopefully something will be sorted out over the next few days.
'Ideally I will stay at Newport as it's the club that brought me to Wales and I have loved my time here, 'But I would be lying if I said that there hasn't been some very strong interest from across the border in the Zurich Premiership. So I'm keeping my options open.'
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.