Jonathan Spratt, Ryan Jones and Sonny Parker enjoy an outing at Chicago White Sox's home baseball game.
Even before stepping onto the pitch at Toyota Park in Chicago to take on the USA Eagles this Welsh squad has scored a major victory for rugby.
Their presence here in the United States has delivered a powerful boost for the game which has ambitions to grow in a nation where sport is dominant.
The people who run rugby in the USA were delighted when the Wales visit to the Chicago Bears which attracted stateside publicity which got folks talking.
A visit to a baseball game in Chicago also raised a metaphorical flag for rugby when images of the Welsh players in the crowd popped up on the big screen.
Team manager Alan Phillips insists that all public appearances take place with the squad in co-ordinated Under Armour gear so there is no mistaking who they are.
The citizens of Chicago are friendly folk and there have been numerous occasions when the sight of a group of athletic looking Welshmen in matching sports gear strolling down the sidewalk has attracted a question or two.
When the match takes place it will be transmitted live on television in the USA so hundreds of thousands of new pairs of eyes will be watching.
Those are the some of the reasons that the rugby administrators in the USA are so pleased to have the Welsh squad here as ambassadors for our sport. Over the past six years there has been strong growth in the number of people playing rugby in the USA but the sport has a long way to go against the dominance of American football, baseball and ice hockey.
The new USA Head Coach Eddie OSullivan acknowledges that he faces a huge task and is following the Argentina model in his bid to get more of his players into the professional game.
That means those with the talent and ambition to make it at international level will be encouraged to play professionally abroad.
That is already happening with some of the current USA squad which means that their international team can prove tough opponents.
His long term aim will be to oversee home grown professional leagues in the USA but he concedes that is very much an ambition for the future.
Right now he says his focus is on a good show against Wales which will be ideal preparation for the Churchill Cup and then his priority of getting qualification for the next Rugby World Cup.
Meanwhile the Welsh team are already focused on a big performance on Saturday with the important Thursday training session proving an intense and physical workout.
Robyn McBryde says he is pleased with the development of this squad and particularly happy that some new young players have stepped up.
He has told his players that the USA will pose a physical threat for a full eighty minutes of play so there will be no hiding place on Saturday.
The on the field training has been balanced with hours of analysis and planning for individuals and groups of players so everyone knows exactly what is expected of them.
The Welsh players have already visited the stadium, strolled through the changing rooms and walked the pitch.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.