Lee Byrne will make his World Cup debut for Wales when playing against Namibia.
Lee Byrne is desperate to make a statement in tomorrow's World Cup encounter against African minnows Namibia at Taranaki Stadium.
Of course it's a massive opportunity for me. Maybe there is a position to grab for the next few weeks
It seems like a lifetime ago when Byrne was cementing his reputation as the premier full back in the northern hemisphere. But a string of injuries and lack of form have conspired against him as Warren Gatland has looked elsewhere for a custodian of the Wales No 15 shirt.
James Hook was given the shirt for the opening World Cup clashes against South Africa and Samoa. When Leigh Halfpenny came on for Hook against Samoa, the Blues winger played a crucial role in Shane Williams' match winning try and looked to have done enough to earn a starting spot against Namibia with a shoulder injury ruling out Hook.
Halfpenny has indeed got a starting spot, but on the wing which has opened the door for Byrne at full back. And it's an opportunity the 31-year-old Clermont Auvergne bound star is determined to grab with both hands.
"It is nice to be back playing again. It's all about game-time. The more time I get on the pitch, the better I play. With Hooky being out it's a big opportunity for me, and I have got to make the most of the chance.
"I have enjoyed being part of the squad, but there is only so much training you can do. You want to be involved in the match 22, so it's great to have been picked."
Despite being one of the most experienced backs in the backline with 44 caps next to his name, Byrne will be making his World Cup debut.
"I was just so happy to have made the squad for the tournament, but now I have been given the chance I don't want to disappoint against Namibia," he added.
"Of course it's a massive opportunity for me. Maybe there is a position to grab for the next few weeks. I have been waiting for this. I want to challenge for a place in the team for the rest of the tournament. I want to put a marker down for the Fiji game."
Wales, even with 11 changes to the side which started against Samoa, will be heavy favourites for the match but Namibia are promising to leave the tournament with a bang.
They have conceded 185 points in losing to world champions South Africa and also Samoa and Fiji, with but skipper Jacques Burger said: "We are definitely going out with a positive outlook. Even if it sounds impossible, we have to go out and try to win.
"We have to play rugby like a winning side. That means less mistakes, sort out first-phase ball and keep the ball in hand. We are going to knock on, we're going to miss tackles, but we cannot just stop working hard.
"We don't want to play a slow game. We want to play with the ball, and we've not been doing that. Whenever we have the ball we don't look bad. If you play against top sides and you don't have a lot of ball then they are going to score a lot of points against you, which is what the Springboks did against us on Thursday."
Namibia head coach Johan Diergaardt added: "It is our last game in the World Cup, it's the last chance that players will have to present themselves on this stage. We need to concentrate for 80 minutes. We cannot play just for 60 minutes and allow seven tries in the last 20 minutes.
"Most of the tries in that game didn't come from constructive work of the opposition, it was more our mistakes that led to them. I am not making any excuses, but that is the difference between amateurism and professionalism. You cannot compete, really, at all the stages at all times with a professional side.
"We just don't concentrate fully for 80 minutes, and you can't play against any of these teams with a lack of concentration for not even a second. That is too much.
"South Africa and all these big nations have the chance to play at this level again and again - 12, 14, 15 Tests a year. We don't have these chances. It is not making excuses, but it's our fourth real Test in four years at this level."
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.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event