Bridgend are facing an injury crisis ahead of their Principality Cup quarter-final against Swansea this Saturday.
The Ravens have been handed a gilt-edged opportunity to end their ten-year wait for a place in the semi-finals with a home tie against the St Helen's club wrapped up in a financial crisis.
But despite the lengthy break during the RBS Six Nations without a competitive game, Bridgend have been hit by a string of injuries ahead of the Brewery Field clash.
The midfield is of most concern for coach Allan Lewis, with both Dafydd James and young David Bishop both doubtful to play and John Funnell struggling to be passed fit.
British Lion James is recovering from the shoulder injury that prevented him travelling with Wales to last weekend's Hong Kong Sevens.
Meanwhile his understudy Bishop, who has emerged as a genuine prospect after replacing James in the Bridgend side, is suffering from a bout of mumps having recovered from a hamstring problem that flared up while playing for Wales Under-21s.
Coincidentally, both of Bridgend's ex-Swansea players - Sililo Martens and Andy Moore - have both been ruled out with broken thumbs.
Moore, one of three Bridgend players who returned yesterday from answering assault allegations in France, was injured in a recent friendly against Maesteg while Martens suffered a same injury helping his native Tonga qualify for this year's World Cup with a play-off victory over South Korea.
Countryman Josh Taumalolo is also said to be struggling with a knee problem while outside-half Simon Mannix is out with an Achilles injury.
"Even though we have only had one competitive game in seven weeks we have picked up a few injuries in some of the friendly games we have played which a bit frustrating," said Bridgend chief executive Adrian Hadley.
"We will have to wait and see who pulls through training before naming our side to face Swansea.
"It's a massive game for us so hopefully a few of the boys will pull through."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.