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."
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series