Former Wales flanker Richard Parks completed the first leg of his world first 737 Challenge over the Christmas period.
Parks arrived at the South Pole, completing the first of three poles he will face during his seven-month race to climb the highest mountain on each of the world's continents and venture to The South and Geographical North Poles.
Parks, who received a rousing send off from 74,500 rugby fans at the Millennium Stadium when Wales faced New Zealand in November, arrived at the pole at 6.10am UK time, 3.10am Chile time and 7.10pm local time on 27th December.
He remained on the South Pole, the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth, until January 1st to ensure he reaches all poles within the same calendar year - achieving the world record he has set his sights on.
The world's three Poles are The South Pole, The Geographic North Pole and the summit of Everest.
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.