Shane Williams admits he is desperate to prove his fitness to Warren Gatland ahead of Wales' Six Nations opener with England.
Wales' record try-scorer has played just two minutes of competitive action since a torn hamstring against Australia last November. But the Ospreys ace is eager to impress national boss Gatland in Saturday's must-win Heineken Cup clash with Leicester Tigers.
Williams, 32, said: "I want to be involved in the Six Nations and especially at Twickenham. I'm sure Warren will want me to play and I hope it will happen - I'll have 80 minutes to give a good account of myself.
"Of course, Warren has to see what kind of form players are in and he can't see that if you're on the bench. I don't like not being on the field and it was frustrating in France. But I'm a squad player and I've taken it on the chin.
"I've been out for six weeks and it's been difficult. It does not matter how fit you are, you need to get match fitness under your belt.
"I want to be involved on Saturday and show what I'm ready for. It's a massive game for us and I just hope we don't let ourselves down."
Williams was named in Gatland's 35-man squad, less than three weeks before the championship clash at Twickenham on February 6. And the British Lions star has hailed the shock inclusion of the next wing generation emerging from his region, 17-year-old schoolboy Tom Prydie and Kristian Phillips.
Williams added: "It's great for the lads and I'm really proud. I remember I said at the start of the season that I'd been training with two sharp youngsters and that was Tom and Kristian.
"They have worked really hard with their clubs and I hope they get a chance in the Six Nations. Hopefully they won't take my place on the wing just yet but they are good enough. They are massive talents for the future."
Wales have been boosted by news that Dwayne Peel could be fit for the second Six Nations tie against Scotland on February 13.
Scrum-half Peel limped off in Sale Sharks' European defeat at Cardiff last weekend but a scan revealed his groin strain was not as bad as first feared. Peel said: "Hopefully I should be back in full training in a couple of weeks."
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.