Iestyn Harris knows Wales are still only in a second division, despite their roaring success against the hapless Scots. The Wales star was pleased with his part in the 23-10 victory at the Millennium Stadium at the weekend and says there is a real buzz within the team. The quiet second half slump against Scotland made sure Steve Hansen's men are keeping their feet firmly on the ground.
"We know we're still a long way off the leading teams in the Championship and Ireland will be a significant test," said Harris. "I've lost two out of two in Dublin. Ireland are a quality side, Brian O'Driscoll is likely to be back in the reckoning and they'll be looking for a big home win.
"We're all really excited about what we feel we're on the brink of achieving. We've come such a long way in twelve months. We need to keep that going and we will go to Lansdowne Road with full confidence.
"This is still a young team, but we're getting experience together all the time and Scotland was another lesson. If we had romped away with the second half we may have got over excited, but now we can take a realistic approach and look at our mistakes. We were pretty fluid in the first half, but it got scrappy after the break.
"More than anything else we got frustrated and we can't allow that to happen. There was a failure to adjust and play the game we needed to play. We should have simplified the plan, gone back to a kicking game for ten minutes to get back into the flow, then moved on.
"When you have such attacking weapons in the backs perhaps you're tempted to over use them, but there comes a time when you can't play the expansive game. You have to get the mix right and play to the conditions, but hopefully we've learnt that and it will come right in the next few weeks."
Harris showed the form that helped him shine at the Rugby World Cup despite more than a month out with a bulging disk in his back: "I was pleased with my performance. I was reasonably comfortable, if a bit rusty after not playing for five weeks. The injury certainly got tested fifteen minutes from the end when I was munched by Jason White. Despite that I'm feeling pretty good and I think the injury is behind me."
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.