Andy Powell has been backed to roar for the British Lions next year following his stunning rise to stardom with Wales.
Powell, 27, exploded onto the Test scene for the dragons with all-action displays last month including last weekend's famous win over Australia in Cardiff.
Now Powell's regional coach Dai Young reckons Lions chief Ian McGeechan cannot ignore the claims of selecting Wales' own wrecking ball for next summer's tour to South Africa.
Cardiff Blues coach Young said: "Andy's certainly in the running for the Lions - I've not seen a better performance from a number eight in the northern hemisphere this Autumn.
"His ball carrying and evasive skills are as good as anybody in world rugby. The Six Nations will be a big factor and teams will focus more on Andy's strengths than weaknesses. It will be another test and a hurdle for Andy to get over and he needs to keep adapting and improving.
"But if Wales win the Grand Slam again, they will be plenty of our players going."
Powell was hailed as the next Scott Quinnell when he burst onto the scene in 2001 but nearly quit the game three years later.
The powerhouse number eight had spells at Newport, Beizers and Leicester Tigers before capping a remarkable comeback with a smashing Test debut that left the world champions South Africa shell-shocked.
Powell followed up that inspired display with impressive performances against Canada, New Zealand and the Wallabies but Young has warned future international opponents the best is still to come.
Young said: "I've never doubted Andy's ability but it's great that he's fulfilled his potential everyone has known about for a number of years.
"It's not been his fault because he's had bad shoulder injuries and during that time out, he probably realised the clock has been ticking.
"Andy's really matured over the last year and is making his mark now - he's been a massive player for us this year. But there is still more to come.
"He wants to be the all-round number eight. We know he can do the unexpected but he can still improve."
Young welcomes back nine of Wales' Autumn squad for the region's crucial Heineken Cup clash with Biarritz at the Arms Park on Friday night.
Talismanic Xavier Rush will miss the tie with the French giants after his comeback from a knee injury has been delayed until next month.
Young said: "Xavier has had an injection in his knee and won't take any part in our next two games. It's not a long-term problem but it's unlikely we will see him before the New Year."
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.