Newport coach Ian McIntosh insists that his Black and Ambers are drinking in the last chance saloon as they prepare for Friday's "do or die" Welsh Scottish League game with Cardiff (kick off 7.05).
McIntosh has watched in disappointment horror as the once title favourites have ground to a shuddering halt with successive defeats against Neath and Swansea.
The dip in form has seen them knocked from their perch at the top of the Welsh Scottish league, leaving their title ambitions hanging by a thread. Now, he says they have no choice but to overcome Cardiff if they are to clinch their first ever Championship.
"We have to win this game if we are to have any chance of lifting the title. It's a real case of do or die," said McIntosh.
Newport will be without Wales centre Andy Marinos who has a broken finger
whilst Shane Howarth is battling to be fit too.Hal Luscombe gets a chance in the centre alongside Jonathan Pritchard with McIntosh admitting: "He deserves his chance."
Newport: M Pini; M Mostyn, H Luscombe, J Pritchard, B Breeze; J Strange/S Howarth, L Lane; R Snow, J Richards, A Garvey, S Raiwalui (capt), M Voyle, P Buxton, J Forster, A Powell. Replacements: C Anthony, P Young, I Gough, J Powell, M Watkins, J Strange/S Howarth, M Thomas
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.