Luke Charteris warms up for tonight's meeting with Tonga
Luke Charteris is aiming to rediscover his World Cup form as he makes his first Wales start in a year tonight.
The towering lock packs down alongside Ian Evans as Warren Gatland's men take on Tonga in the Dove Men Series.
It has been a long road to recovery after Charteris suffered a serious knee injury while playing for Perpignan last December.
The former Newport Gwent Dragons favourite admits it was a bitter pill to swallow but he hopes to return to the red-hot form that saw him an ever-present feature in 2011.
"It's has been a long way back. It was the end of December when the injury happened," said Charteris.
"I was looking down and I saw the bottom half of my leg over here - it's one of those you know instantly it's going to be a long spell out.
"I was just lying on the pitch and I knew straight away - the Six Nations was gone, any chance of the Lions was gone. You know all that straight away and you have a few days of mopping around and whatever. But it's part of the job, you've just got to suck it up.
"The aim is to get back to my World Cup form and I was happy with the way I played in the year after the tournament.
"Everything was good but then I had the wrist injury and then the knee injury - that's the way it is.
"There's always ups and downs. The only good thing about having a long term injury like that is that it gives the rest of your body a chance to heal up and get over all the knocks and stuff and I've basically been given a year's pass, so it's one year less under the engine which was quite good."
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.