Colin Charvis has won his race against time to be included in the Dragons starting line-up to face Toulouse in the Heineken Cup.
Player/coach Charvis, 35, has been plagued by a persistent knee problem but came through a late fitness test this afternoon to mkae Paul Turner's side.
But Dragons coach Paul Turner is hopeful the veteran flanker will prove his fitness and shine against the three-time European kings tomorrow (Saturday).
Turner said: "We really hoped Colin would pull through because I admire the way he goes about his work. He says he's like a tin of ronseal - what you see on the label is what you get.
"I wanted him purely as a coach this season but injuries have forced him to take on more of a role than we'd have liked. I've been delighted with his overall contribution."
The Dragons launched their European campaign with a win over Glasgow Warriors before picking up a valuable losing bonus-point at English high-flyers Bath.
Now Turner reckons Charvis can inspire his team-mates to pull off a shock result in the south of France.
Turner said: "I didn't know Colin until I signed him two years ago. But his leadership qualities will add another dimension to our performances levels and that will be crucial against the might of Toulouse."
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.