George North says Wales are in the World Cup for the long haul and they beat Ireland because they refused to contemplate getting on a plane tomorrow to head home.
The youngest try scorer at the World Cup finals, and the joint world record holder for the most tries in Test rugby for a teenager, the giant north Walian wing can't wait to have a crack at the French next weekend.
"The beauty of this team is that everyone has complete trust in themselves and the players around them," said North. "Even when it went to 10-10 we all thought 'we're here for the long run, let's not lose here'. We are happy with the way we are playing and, having reached the semi-finals, we are expecting big things."
If, as expected, North plays in the next two matches at the World Cup he will take his cap tally to 15 - one more appearance than he has made for the Scarlets since making his debut against Gloucester in a friendly at the start of last season.
His 13 Welsh caps have already yielded nine tries and 45 points - 20 more than he has scored for his club side.
"It sounds incredible to say that I'm in the semi-finals of the World Cup with Wales - it is awesome. There aren't words to describe the feeling at the end of the win over Ireland," said North, who is 20 in April.
"There was a mixture of relief and excitement when the final whistle went. Going into the game we knew it could be a bit of a dog fight, but we were confident."
But while North has been compared to the great All Black wrecking ball Jonah Lomu, he is quick to recognise the efforts of those around him and Wales continue with their dream journey in New Zealand, particularly his Scarlets team mate Rhys Priestland.
"Rhys is playing really well and is a great organiser and communicator. We talked long and hard during the week about working hard for each other and talking to each other during the game and I think we all looked after each other."
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.