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."
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.