There was a buzz of expectancy in the air this week as the Welsh squad prepare for this season's Six Nations and beyond.
Speaking at the purpose built Welsh training facility in the Vale of Glamorgan, the mood of the players was positive and determined, as they readied themselves for the imminent challenge of the Six Nations.
'I'm looking forward to this seasons Six Nations, its gonna be a great tournament, as it always it, there's a great mystique about it." said former skipper Rob Howley.
"Everyone will have seen from the squad announcement that there's new names in the side, many youngsters have come through over the last few years, many have been part of the A team set-up. It will be with great interest to see how they perform in the Six Nations because there's no other place like the Six Nations. Fingers crossed for everyone who's making their debut, I'm sure its going to mean great times for Wales.
British Lion Dafydd James spoke of the immense feeling of pride he gets when donning the red jersey of Wales. "'It's a great honour to play against any international side, so I'm really looking forward to playing Ireland this Sunday, to take the field with the red jersey on will be a special moment once again'
"My ambitions beyond this tournament are to be selected for the World Cup squad. As a group we need to establish ourselves within the top four in the World, my goal, and I'm sure it's everyone else's is to do exceptionally well in the Six Nations Championship, and go on and win the World Cup."
Newport prop Chris Anthony hoped to be involved in the international set up in the future,
"In the next couple of years I'd like to play regularly for Wales and keep my position"
Cardiff's open side flanker Martyn Williams has an eye on the future as well, expressing his wish to stay in the squad for the World Cup and 2005 Lion's tour of South Africa. If he continues to catch the eye as he has this season, then his place should be assured.
"I'm really looking forward to taking on the Irish in Lansdowne road," he said "The first game is always the biggest and the toughest, so it's a massive challenge for the squad and we can't wait to play.
I'm looking forward to the England game most, because they always think they're better than us! It's a love hate relationship!' joked Hardman Robyn McBryde.
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.