It may have taken five long hard years to become a major force in Europe, but the Cardiff Blues enter their Heineken Cup quarter-final showdown at the Millennium Stadium showdown against French giants Toulouse in buoyant mood.
David Young's side completed the pool stages of this year's tournament as top seeds and are seriously tipped to knock over Toulouse. Young's hopes have been further boosted with the news that several of his key players who have been carrying niggling injuries came through a training session today unscathed.
Leigh Halfpenny, Gareth Thomas, Martyn Williams, Xavier Rush, Tom Shanklin and Andy Powell have all been deemed fit to play, but as a confident Young explained, if a player isn't 100 per cent fit, he won't be on the squad come Saturday.
"If they are not 100 per cent fit then they won't be involved, it's as simple as that," he said. "We went flat out today so we'll just have to see if there is any reaction tomorrow. But I don't foresee any problems."
With a full strength squad to select from, the Blues supremo will have to burn the midnight oil before deciding his team.
"For every happy player there will be an unhappy one," he admitted "There will obviously be a few disappointed players and I have some selection headaches but our match day 22 will have the self belief and determination and must be prepared to stand and deliver."
He added: "We've built year on year with better players, and the younger players have got more experienced and got used to bigger games and performing in bigger games.
"The belief and the confidence is there but we tinge that with a bit of reality that we have still got things to improve on and we are not the finished article.
"We are as good as anybody on our day but if we are not at our best, we could come second best. We have been consistent in our performances in this competition this season. We came away with all the results I asked of the players but obviously it wasn't much of a reward getting Toulouse in the quarter-finals.
"But we are confident if we can play to our potential that we pull a big a big win off against one of the true giants in European rugby. They will probably come here confident of getting a result, but we have got to worry about ourselves. We will be very respectful of them, look at where their strengths and weaknesses are and it's up to us to impose our game."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.