Shane Williams is eagerly awaiting tonight's game against the Emerging Springboks.
Shane Williams is hoping the drinks will be on him tonight after he plays in what he describes as the 'last chance saloon' when it comes to Lions test selection for Saturday's crucial clash against South Africa in Pretoria.
The Welsh wonder is fully aware it is make or break time as Lions coach Ian McGeechan and the rest of the brains trust ponder of any possible changes from the side which lost the first Test in Durban.
Tonight's last provincial game on tour against the Emerging Springboks in Newlands in Cape Town is Williams's last chance to impress and he is determined to play his way into contention.
"I know that to have any chance of playing in the two remaining Tests I have to perform against the Emerging Springboks. That's why I come on these tours, to play in the Test matches. I want to play in them more than anything," he said.
Williams revealed Boks star man Bryan Habana spoke to him following the Lions' 26-21 opening Test defeat. "I spoke to Bryan and said how gutted I was at not playing in Durban. He replied: 'You never know, you might be playing next Saturday'.
Wiliams then added: "It's the last chance saloon. I realise how important this game is against a side I don't know much about. It's a match I want to get involved in as much as I can.
"I can assure you the effort will be there and I will be running my boots off. I will be letting myself down if I don't play well. If I do well, then who knows? Maybe I will have a chance of facing South Africa.
"There's nothing I want more than to be playing on Saturday and the following week. I know I have not played as well as I could have. But I have a lot more to give and need a big performance to be honest. I feel I have let nobody down but myself and I get angry thinking about it, so there's a lot - everything in fact - riding on this game."
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.