John Yapp is relishing the prospect of playing more rugby at tighthead prop.
The fine old hotel where Wales have set up their Chicago base probably hasn't seen quite so much muscle march down its corridors since the days when mobster Al Capone's henchmen called the city home.
When Wales move in these days they unpack a culture geared up to constantly look for ways of improving the players and their performances.
Nothing is left to chance as match facts are analysed, monitored and preparation is fine tuned. It is an environment geared up to constantly seek for improvements as the coaches demand excellence and commitment at every level.
One man who has seen this system blossom and grow is in no doubt that Wales boasts some of the finest back up staff in world rugby.
The Welsh Rugby Union President, Dennis Gethin, may by an acquaintance of Prince's and Prime Ministers as an ambassador of rugby in Wales but he is fiercely proud of his association with the players themselves.
Dennis never misses a chance to chat to the players and is a keen observer of the professionalism they adhere to and rely on from the backroom team.
He said: "The intensity of the work which goes into preparing these players for international rugby is incredible. The players are monitored hour by hour, not just day by day or week by week and you get the impression that everything is geared up to look for ways to get better and better.
"I am glad to say that an environment like this also seems to attract extremely nice and honourable people who it is a pleasure to work alongside.
"My role with the squad is to foster relationships with the host unions but that means I get to see the team working and operating in their elite environment.
"It is a dawn to beyond dusk operation and I am full of admiration for the precision and focus that is achieved.
"It is a highly organised environment but I am glad to say that it not only attracts determined and skilled players and off the field staff but they also happen to be very nice people who love what they are doing and it shows."
The level of organisation at work means a player like Luke Charteris can be flown across the Atlantic at short notice and immediately feel at home in a regime within which he knows what to expect and what is expected of him.
Players like John Yapp also thrive on the challenges placed on their talents by the coaches who want him to discover just how good he can become as a tight head prop.
John relishes his task saying: "I have been playing for quite a few years and it is great to have a new challenge which means I have to learn new skills. I am getting a tremendous amount of help and now I just want to give it a go to the very best of my ability."
Today storm clouds gathered over Chicago with strong winds, torrential rain, thunder and lightning.
Whether that symbolises the energy about to be unleashed by Wales in eighty minutes of international rugby will be known on Saturday.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.