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."
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.
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