Cardiff Blues are sweating on the fitness of star centre Casey Laulala ahead of their crunch Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final tie against Newcastle Falcons on Sunday.
Laulala, who has been in scintillating form since his summer switch from Super 14 side Canterbury Crusaders, suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone in the Blues' victory against Ulster last week.
However coach Dai Young has revealed that the two-cap All Black could be in contention to face the Falcons after injury fears eased.
Young said "It's touch and go whether Casey will be available. Originally we thought he had fractured his cheekbone but X-rays have shown that that's not the case. We're still waiting for the swelling to go down and are hoping that he'll recover in time."
"Casey offers us something different in midfield and provides a cutting edge. You always want your more experienced and influential players available and Casey is certainly one of those."
Laulala's inclusion would provide a welcomed boost for the Blues after losing Wales centre Tom Shanklin for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
That has added to the region's steadily growing injury list. Young's side are currently missing a number of key performers with British Lion Andy Powell (hamstring), Gareth Cooper (groin), Sam Norton-Knight (back) and Deiniol Jones (rib) all sidelined.
In more positive news for the region, lock Bradley Davies is back in contention following a head injury and prop John Yapp could be recalled having recovered from a bicep injury that he suffered in October.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.