Jake Ball burst onto the scene in Wales' hour of need last season and now 'The Beard' wants his success to grow and grow.
The 6ft 6in second-row has earned plaudits since his last minute call-up for Wales' Six Nations clash with Ireland in February. He went from strength-to-strength in his breakthrough campaign and his regional form for the Scarlets saw him earn a place on Wales' heartbreaking tour of South Africa.
But Ball is determined not to let his progress slow as he goes into his third season at Parc Y Scarlets. He said: "I don't want to sit back on what I did last year, I don't want to be a one-season-wonder.
"I've set myself small goals that I would like to achieve this year and I will keep working on my performances no matter how happy I am with them. It was a great experience to go on Wales' tour of South Africa and get a run-out against one of the best teams in the world."
Ball wants to prove his Wales credentials when the new-look Scarlets kick-off their Guinness PRO12 campaign at home to Ulster next month. The West Wales region have Regan King back at Parc Y Scarlets and have captured international talent in Harry Robinson, Chris Hala'ufia and Mike Tagicakibau as they look to wrestle their way back into the play-off picture.
He added: "The boys will be hungry going into our first game and I think we'll have that aggressive edge going into that game against Ulster. We're looking good at the moment. We have recruited in the right places, we wanted to strengthen at number eight and we've made two good signings there in Chris Hala'ufia and Rory Pitman.
"Regan coming back in is great for us and everyone's feeling good. If we can all buy into our brand of rugby then that will stand us in good stead against some of the big teams."
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.