Bevington is aiming to stake a claim for the number one jersey
Ryan Bevington is aiming to establish himself in the Wales set-up during this summer's tour of Japan.
Since making his debut two years ago, the Ospreys prop has failed to secure a start with the Three Feather upon his chest.
But with Gethin Jenkins away on British & Irish Lions duty and Paul James rested, Bevington has the opportunity to stake a claim for the number 1 jersey in the Far East.
"It's an opportunity for everyone on the trip," he said.
"Of course, I want to put my hand up. I've been on the back burner for a few years, close but never close enough. Now I just want to put some pressure on the other boys, who are all top players.
"Gethin is world class and Paul is excellent as well, so it isn't easy, but I just have to keep working at my game.
"It will be good next season in that Gethin will be playing in the same league as me, so I'll have a benchmark: I'll be able to see what he's doing and assess how it differs from what I'm doing."
While Jenkins and James are out of the equation for now, Bevington still faces stiff competition from Saracens' former Cardiff Blues prop Rhys Gill
"Rhys is a great player too," said Bevington.
"We get on fine off the pitch, but we'll be both doing our best to claim the jersey out in Japan. It's about pushing each other. That's sport.
"You just have to try to take your opportunity."
While opportunities have been limited on the international stage, Bevinton has flourished on the domestic scene with the Ospreys.
The dynamic loose-head made 24 appearances for the Ospreys including 17 starts.
"It's all about learning your lessons," said Bevington.
"The more I played last season, the more I enjoyed it.
"When the game starts, you don't think about life and what's happening off the pitch. You're a kid again, playing alongside your mates and you wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
"I'm already looking forward to next season already.
"You learn every game. Adam Jones has said he had his hard days when he was younger. I had a tough one in Leicester, but as you get older you get wiser and I'll look back on it in years to come and think it was part of my learning curve.
"Certainly, when we played them in Swansea we dealt with them a lot better. It was the same against Census Johnston and Toulouse. It wasn't easy out there, but we worked them out and at the Liberty it was much smoother. You can't jump any steps. You have to go through these experiences."
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
A special interview with Matthew Rees on his return to action in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We also speak to Scarlet Josh Turnbull, Wales Sevens coach Gareth Williams and Aberavon coach Jason Hyatt.
World Cup Sevens winner Richie Pugh, now coach to the Welsh Women's Sevens side, will lead an Open Sevens Skills session for Senior Women's players age 18 on or before 1 September, 2014 at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay on Tuesday, 29 April.
Caernarfon travelled to play their penultimate Cup league encounter with 14 gallant ladies and nearly came up with the goods but injuries and the strengthening wind pegged them back and thwarted any revival with a 31-19 defeat against Pencoed.
It's crunch time for Carmarthen Quins and Llandovery as they chase a Principality Premiership play-off spot. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to Quins Steff Thomas and Drovers' Chris Knight along with Bridgend's coach Ben Rose in this weeks edition.