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 Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.