Wales No.8 Toby Faletau has handed Newport Gwent Dragons a fitness boost.
The explosive 21-year-old was forced home from the Grand Slam champions' tour of Australia early, after breaking a bone in his hand during the first Test defeat in Brisbane.
It had been feared that Faletau could be sidelined for an extended period but the Dragons are confident their starlet will be back in action for the beginning of the season.
Steffan Jones and Adam Jones have also returned to training, having missed the end of last season with ankle and foot injuries respectively, while Tonderai Chavhanga is scheduled for a return in August.
"Everybody is in great shape," head coach Darren Edwards told the South Wales Argus.
"The squad were given targets when they left and have hit them.
"I'm particularly impressed with the guys from the Premiership that we have invited in to join us in training - they are standing toe-to-toe with the rest of our squad.
"Credit to them for their hard work, they want to play professional rugby and their desire is certainly spurring on our current pros. That competitiveness is what we want to generate.
"Unless we are unlucky in pre-season we will be starting with a full squad, which is great for preparation and a huge boost."
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.