Scotland head coach Andy Robinson is set to unveil his RBS 6 Nations squad tomorrow as championship preparations begin in earnest.
Scotland begin their campaign against auld enemy England before travelling to Cardiff to take on Warren Gatland's Wales side at the Millennium Stadium in the second round of matches on Sunday 12 February.
The bulk of the squad poised to come together for February 4 tournament opener is set to come from the 30-man group which travelled to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup, with Robinson planning to phase in the younger players in a period of evolution, rather than revolution.
He said: "Ultimately, they've got to come in and be able to perform at their very best when they come into the Scotland team. But also I believe a lot of the players that played in the World Cup performed well and they will be given opportunities to continue their development in the Scotland shirt."
Robinson may also appoint a new permanent captain, with World Cup skipper Alastair Kellock by no means a first-choice pick in the second row, as he seeks to improve on a record of two wins in 10 Six Nations matches as head coach.
Flankers John Barclay and Kelly Brown and hooker Ross Ford all have a realistic chance of being handed the captaincy.
Chris Paterson and Nathan Hines have retired, while the elder members of the World Cup squad, such as fly-half Dan Parks and wing Simon Danielli, may be omitted in favour of youth.
Glasgow's Rob Harley, Duncan Weir, Stuart Hogg, Pat MacArthur and Ryan Wilson and Edinburgh's David Denton, Stuart McInally, Grant Gilchrist and Lee Jones are among those set to be included - if only for Robinson to see them at close quarters in an international environment.
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.