Wales step into the rugby cauldron once again tomorrow afternoon with coach Steve Hansen claiming that victory over South Africa in Bloemfontein is certainly not of paramount importance.
But the disappointment of finishing the Six Nations season on a low, has helped to focus the collective attention of this Welsh side.
Japan were the beaten opponents when Wales broke their duck on South African soil - in the 1995 World Cup - but today's opposition promise to be infinitely tougher. "The past means nothing to any of us," said coach Steve Hansen.
"We have identified a pool of players who will hopefully mature into a very consistent international side. We don't need to look back to look ahead.
"Games and facts like that mean nothing. All I want from the players is for them to go out with pride and passion and to come having played well and to the top of their ability.
"If we do that and we keep doing that, results will come."
Hansen has made just one change from the team beaten by the Baa baas - Michael Owen, the Pontypridd no.8 comes in on the blindside flank for Bath's Gavin Thomas.
Owen will add height and presence to the line out which will be vitally important.
"He is a fine player in good form and he doesn't make too many mistakes," said Hansen.
"We have to perform or we will struggle. I have never yet known a bad South African side, so why should we run into one now," added Hansen.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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.