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."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.