Paul John is in a positive frame of mind ahead of Sunday's big clash.
Pontypridd coach Paul John takes his team to Penzance for a British & Irish Cup quarter final showdown against Cornish Pirates, aware of the magnitude of the challenge that awaits but confident that they can return with a result.
The match on Sunday will prove to be a step up in competition level for the Valley Commandos as they go head to head with their English Championship opponents.
"We look forward eagerly to this contest" said John. "Its been in the back of our minds for the past six weeks, but we have had to concentrate on our domestic league and cup commitments in that time.
"Overall we have shown good form, although suffering a setback down at Aberavon last weekend. We put that right emphatically in the return match on Tuesday evening and the squad are now in positive frame of mind before the Cornwall trip.
"To reach the quarter final round of the BIC is an achievement in itself, especially qualifying from a group that contained strong English Championship sides London Welsh and London Scottish. We now face another fully professional team in Cornish Pirates and know that we will have to up our game, be clinical and accurate in everything that we do, to stand any chance of getting a win.
"There's a buzz around the club, around the whole community, with our supporters again travelling in hoards down to Cornwall to shout us on. It will be a tough challenge, but we trust that if we are at our best, and with that level of support, we will at least be in with a shout."
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
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.