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.
The WRU has teamed up with Crawshay's to tour Georgia in June. The side, which will be called the Crawshays WRU President's XV, will play Emerging Georgia twice, in a tour which supports the Welsh Government's efforts to grow relations between the two countries.
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
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.