Cardiff Blues are the last Welsh region standing in Europe - and international scrum half Richie Rees believes they have the firepower to go all the way to the Amlin Challenge Cup final next month.
The Blues, who qualified for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals as one of the three Heineken Cup Pool runners-up, booked their place in the last four with a commanding seven-try 55-20 victory at Newcastle Falcons.
Now they face more English opposition when they take on London Wasps at Adams Park on Saturday evening, the teams having met only once before in Europe, the Blues winning 26-24 at Wasps in the Pool stages of the 1996/97 Heineken Cup.
"We want to get as far as we can in any European tournament - it doesn't matter whether it is the Heineken Cup or Amlin Challenge Cup," said Rees. "We just happen to be in the Amlin and we will give it our best shot.
"And naturally we are all looking forward to the semi-final. A lot of our internationals are back and we've enjoyed the performances and results of the last month.
"It will be an exciting occasion at Adams Park and it should be a good day."
The Blues have an exceptional record against English clubs over the last two seasons with Heineken Cup wins over Harlequins and Gloucester - both doubles - and Sale Sharks plus victories elsewhere over Leicester Tigers, Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints.
"We are happy to play another English opponent, we have played well against the English sides in the past couple of seasons," added Rees.
"We like to play the English, play some rugby and hopefully we can do the same against Wasps because we really do want to be in the Amlin Challenge Cup final.
"We are Wales' last hope in Europe this season but we want to reach the final for ourselves as a squad, just like last year.
"We managed that last season by winning the EDF final and that was a good day. There are some of the lads in the squad leaving this summer and we want to do it for them so we will give it our all in the semi-final."
Among those departing are former captain Xavier Rush and the former All Blacks contribution to the Blues cause over his time with the Welsh region warrants him signing off in style before he links up with Ulster Rugby next season.
Rees has also played in the Heineken Cup for the Ospreys and London Irish and sized up the Wasps challenge when they played London Irish in the Premiership.
"I haven't seen a great deal of Wasps but I did see them against London Irish a couple of weeks ago - although I was watching more for how my old team-mates were getting on," he said.
"However, Joe Simpson has been getting some good reviews for Wasps and I'm really looking forward to possibly playing against someone new and different. He has been playing well in the Guinness Premiership so I am sure there will be good competition between us if it happens.
"As for ourselves, the boys have been playing well and Casey Laulala and Taufa'ao Filise have been our stand-out players in the last couple of weeks. "We got a good result against the Dragons, the players got more game-time and hopefully we are ready for the game against Wasps."
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.