Mike Phillips hopes his summer tour to South Africa will prove an invaluable experience in the coming season.
The Wales and Ospreys star has been a key figure on the 2009 tour, making the number nine jersey his own after impressing in the warm up matches, but knows a whitewash against the world champions would sour an otherwise successful tour.
And Phillips still believes he and his Lions colleagues can take the Springboks to task in the third and final Test of the 2009 tour of South Africa and restore some pride the in the jersey. He is clear on his objective this weekend: "We have an opportunity to win the third test, and we are desperate to end it on a high note," he said at the pre-match press conference.
Phillips scored a fine try in the first Test and was a pivotal figure throughout, but could not stop the South African juggernaut at the ABSA Stadium.
It was then heart break on the High Velt as Phillips and co. saw their dreams of a series win evaporate in the final seconds on the match
But now he knows it is time to end the series with a W in the result column. He said: "We are all hurting from what happened last week but now it is time to put some pride back in the jersey and get on that plane home with a win under our belts.
The 6' 3" scrum half knows all about the pain of defeat after suffering a series of narrow losses at domestic level with the Ospreys, and he hopes the experience of a summer tour with the Lions will lead to a successful season.
"Confidence has been gained despite losing the series we will take the positives out of it.
"From a Welsh perspective, our players have done well on this tour and we are looking to bring that form back with us for the new season."
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'.