Wales Sevens captain Johnathan Edwards has urged his young side to guard against complacency as they bid for a World Cup final spot.
Four victories from Wales's five pool matches against Ireland, Italy, Poland, Ukraine and Belgium would guarantee a final spot in Dubai next March.
And Llanelli Scarlets flanker Edwards believes Wales can build on their successes in Denmark and Georgia this year.
Edwards, 24, leads Wales out for the Hannover Sevens which kicks off in Germany on Saturday, and said: "There is a massive incentive for the players. We know we've got a place at the World Cup finals at stake and won't take anybody lightly this weekend.
"It does not matter whether it's the 15-man or Sevens game, it's still a chance to represent your country in a World Cup.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I do not want to let it slip through our fingers."
Coach Gareth Baber has lost Sale Sharks new-boy Nick MacLeod for the trip to Germany after the former Cardiff Blues fly-half failed to recover from a knee injury.
But Edwards insists the squad are ready to rise to the challenge and seal their place against the world's best.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time leading the Sevens and there have been several highs and lows this season," he said.
"Reaching the semi-finals at Twickenham and the win over Samoa were great achievements. But it is a rollercoaster ride and a two-day tournament is difficult, both mentally and physically tiring but fun.
"Sevens rugby builds up your confidence and allows you to mature as a rugby player. That's the whole purpose of this style of rugby.
"But the opportunity of playing in a World Cup has driven us on. The game is slightly different but not as big a gap as many people think. Everyone thinks Sevens rugby is an open-spaced game but every team has outstanding defences now.
"It's a huge part of the game and little errors or mistakes can be the difference between winning and losing."
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.