As the spring sets in, April sees the final match of this season's Lloyds TSB Six Nations championship and it will be a big test for the visiting Scots.
They will face a wounded Wales side who have played the tournament under two head coaches and heavy weight of public expectation.
Both sides share an unenviable, won 1 lost 3 record in the tournament, and the winners of this match will determine either a fourth or fifth place finish- assuming an England victory in Rome.
Success starved Scotland supremo Ian McGeechan is prepared for the challenge of facing Wales, saying, "They will be a big danger on their own turf. Ireland came back strongly at us after they had been heavily beaten by England - and the Welsh have the ability to do exactly the same.
"You only have to think back a short time and look at how close they ran
France at home, and to a lesser extent their performance against Italy.
"They possess a great deal of pace in their back-line, are powerful up front and have the capability to threaten from a lot of areas.
The Scots will have to watch out particularly for the likes of Kevin morgan, Rhys Williams, Craig Morgan and the irrepressible Scott Quinnell- all players who have made a big impact in this seasons tournament.
"They will be just as stern a test for us as any of the other teams in the
competition. You don't have to get much right or much wrong for the flow of a game to change radically."
And people in Wales knows how the thin the line between success and failure is, the video ref. has played a major part in the outcome of a number of games this year.
The Scottish head coach has made changes to the squad this season, speed merchant Glenn Metcalfe switches to his favoured role at full-back.
When asked if Metcalfe's switch from wing to full back had been delayed too long against the Grand Slam seeking Frenchmen, he declared: "Yes. In retrospect it should have happened earlier.
"Glenn does offer us something different, which is what you are always looking for in a squad."
Metcalfe began the tournament at full-back, but was then moved out wide to accommodate Brendan Laney - now the team's front-line goal-kicker.
Assuming Metcalfe returns to 15, it would then leave the coach with the problem of where to field Laney- scorer of 46 of Scotland's 64 points this term.
He could either go to the right-wing, where is lack of pure pace could be a handicap, or he could be utilised in midfield in place of John Leslie or
Despite another mixed display at the weekend, Gregor Townsend looks certain to make his 66th appearance in a Scottish jersey - breaking the country's record for the highest number of caps, held by Scott Hastings.
Out of the running for honours, McGeechan had been under pressure to use the Cardiff trip to experiment with youngsters or fringe-men.
But he explained: "The Six Nations is not the place or time for experiments. The opportunity for that will come in the summer when we go on tour to Canada and the USA.
"Over there, we will have a mixed squad of experienced players and others who have potential."
Backs - G Beveridge (Glasgow), D Hodge, B Laney (both Edinburgh), J Leslie (Northampton Saints), K Logan (London Wasps), J McLaren, G Metcalfe (both Glasgow), C Paterson (Edinburgh), B Redpath (Sale Sharks, capt), G Townsend (Castres).
Forwards - G Bulloch (Glasgow), G Graham, S Grimes (Newcastle), M Leslie (Edinburgh), S Murray (Saracens), J Petrie (Glasgow), B Pountney
(Northampton Saints), R Russell (Saracens), T Smith, M Stewart (both
Northampton Saints), S Taylor (Edinburgh), J White (Glasgow).
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.