James Hook is ready to flex his new muscles to nail down the number ten Wales shirt. after working flat out in training and adding almost four kilos in muscle.
Now he hopes that bulk can help give him the edge over rival Stephen Jones when it comes to facing the world's best in the Invesco Perpetual Autumn Series.
Hook said: "There's a lot of competition at fly-half but it's now time for me to step out of the development stage and do it for real.
"I've been working hard and got huge gains from doing weights, speed and fitness work. It's the strongest I've ever felt and I'm really happy.
"At the Ospreys we've been pulling trucks and flipping tractor tyres during pre-season which was good fun. Our new fitness coaches Alex Lawson and Mike McGurn have been great and we're being monitored all the time. The fitness work has really benefited us."
Hook has found himself bowing to the experience of British Lion Jones for the coveted number ten jersey under the tenure of Warren Gatland.
But the 23-year-old showed his versitility at full-back on Wales' summer tour against the Springboks, when Jones retained his place, and Hook says that fighting for his place in the side is perfect motivation.
"Competition between Stephen and myself is nothing new. It's been there for the last few years. But I only played 18 minutes at fly-half in South Africa and now I need to impress.
"What I do at regional level will count for Wales selection and the Ospreys have some huge games early in the season. So my aim is to send a message to Warren by producing some good performances. I really want to start against South Africa on November 8."
Wales face all three southern hemisphere giants - South Africa, Australia and New Zealand - as well as Canada this November. And 27-cap Hook believes Wales can claim a major scalp.
He added: "We've got to take confidence from the Grand Slam and the way we matched South Africa in the second Test on tour. So we know we're not a million miles away from success against them."
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.