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.
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.