Wales have been drawn in the same group as current World Cup champions South Africa, and 2007 quarter-finalist foes Fiji, for the RWC 2011 tournament to be held in New Zealand.
Gareth Jenkins' Welsh side had their World Cup hopes ripped apart by the rampant Fijians in last year's World Cup in France. The other two teams drawn in the same group are qualifiers Oceania 1 and Africa 1.
In Pool A, New Zealand have been grouped with France for the very first time in the tournament's history at the group stage while England will meet Scotland for the first time at the same stage.
Italy will be drawing a sigh of relief as they have been drawn with the All Blacks for five of the previous six World Cups but on this occasion they have avoided the men in black and will play in Pool C where Australia will be firm favourites to progress with Ireland and Italy also fancying their chances.
2011 Rugby World Cup draw Pool A New Zealand, France, Tonga, Americas 1, Asia 1. Pool B Argentina, England, Scotland, Europe 1, Play Off winner Pool C Australia, Ireland, Italy, Europe 2, Americas 2 Pool D South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Oceania 1, Africa 1
How the draw worked: The 12 pre-qualified teams were: Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga and Wales.
From these 12 teams, the top four in the IRB World Rankings on 1 December 2008 were be allocated to band one - or the top line in each pool - and drawn randomly into the pools. The next four teams were allocated into band two with the remaining four teams allocated into band three.
Banding of 12 automatic qualified teams:
Band 1: Top four ranked qualified teams (1 to 4 in IRB World Rankings)
Band 2: Next four ranked qualified teams (5 to 8 in IRB World Rankings)
Band 3: Bottom four ranked qualified teams (according to World Rankings)
This means that teams ranked in the top four of the IRB World Rankings on 1 December 2008 were not drawn in the same RWC 2011 pool. Equally, a team ranked five to eight in the rankings would definitely be in the same pool as a team ranked one to four.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
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.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series