He may be the most experienced member in today's starting line-up but Wales captain Martyn Williams is fully aware he isn't guaranteed a ticket for the rapidly approaching Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Warren Gatland names his 30-man squad for the tournament on Monday and with Sam Warburton having now nailed down the number seven shirt, Williams has to turn back the clock against Argentina today (KO 2.30pm) to reach Heathrow's departure lounge.
With 98 caps and two Grand Slams behind him, the Cardiff Blues flanker has plenty of experience to call upon as he bids to reach his fourth World Cup.
"Look, when I was left out the Six Nations squad last season I thought that was me done and dusted," said Williams.
"But then I was pulled into the World Cup training squad of 45 and I've had a good summer's training and been given the opportunity again. Everybody gets frustrated watching and so, yes, I am glad to get a run.
"For a few of us who haven't had a chance, there is the incentive that, with things still up in the air, a good performance will help. But, when you get to the stage of your career I am at, then, even though the competitive edge is still there, you have to be realistic.
"I have trained really hard, I am in the best shape I've ever been, and that makes you want to play even more.
"There are quite a few of us who haven't played all summer and who are going to have to go straight in on Saturday and hit their straps immediately. It's not going to be easy, but that's just how it is. You have to deal with it.
"The squad has become really tight. Everyone has helped and encouraged each other, and so to have to drop out will be tough to say the least. But they can only take 30 to New Zealand, and that is professional sport. All I would say is that the people who aren't in the 30 need to keep their heads up."
Wales v Argentina, Millennium Stadium, Saturday 20 Aug, 2011 (KO 2.30pm)
WALES:Lee Byrne; Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; James Hook, Tavis Knoyle; Paul James, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Martyn Williams (captain), Andy Powell.
Replacements: Huw Bennett, Ryan Bevington, Jonathan Thomas, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Stephen Jones, Aled Brew
Argentina 15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Gonzalo Camacho, 10 Felipe Contepomi (c), 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Replacements: 16Agustin Creevy, 17 Martin Scelzo, 18 Mariano Galarza, 19 Alejandro Campos, 20 Agustin Figuerola, 21 Nicolas Sanchez, 22 Juan Imhoff
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.
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