Wales hooker Gareth Williams has thanked the Cardiff Blues for providing him with the platform which launched him back into the Welsh national team.
He said the success of Dai Young's regional team has given him the competitive edge he needed to prove himself to the Welsh coaches.
Williams also singled out his Blues teammate Rhys Thomas for providing first class competition for the number two shirt week in week out.
The player will complete his international comeback when he starts as hooker against the USA in Chicago on Saturday and he commented:"Now I have just got to get out there and prove myself. It has been good at the Blues and now I have got to do the same for Wales.
"At the Blues me and Rhys have been in competition for a few years and that is what keeps us both playing well. I can't afford to have a bad game and each Saturday we both go out as if it could be our last game.
"The reality is that competition like that keeps you on your toes and keeps you playing well. It is a great honour to play for Wales and all you can do is play well for your club and what will be will be. With Cardiff Blues doing so well this season that has had a big impact so I have them to thank as well."
He said the USA and Canada tour had proved a great experience with the squad developing day by day. "It has been absolutely great and we've had the right balance on this tour," he said. "The training has been good and we have been based in great cities with Chicago proving absolutely amazing.
"But at the end of the day we are here for two reasons and those are to win two important games of rugby."
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.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event