As the countdown clock before the 2009 British & Irish Lions ticked through the 100 days barrier (Thursday, 19 February), tour manager Gerald Davies and members of the Lions coaching team gave their views on the challenges ahead.
Davies talked of "the new peak" his players will have to reach on this summer's tour to South Africa.
"There is a sense of longing among the players in the four nations - a longing to represent the Lions. They are very immensely proud to be representing their own individual countries, but by going on a Lions tour you arrive at another peak - another challenge faces you," said Davies, a Lion in South Africa in 1968 and New Zealand in 1971.
"Each player knows at the back of their minds that there is another accolade and another honour awaiting them. You may be the best player in your own country, but when the Four Nations come together you have to prove yourself in a squad environment to be better than the others to get into the Test team.
"We will be playing every game as if we are playing the Springboks. It is a series from first of our 10 matches to the last.
"This is Lions year - you can't turn a corner without somebody talking about the tour. The whole population of South Africa are looking forward to the Lions coming.
"From all the things that have been said, the expectation in South Africa is high. They are aware that in 1974 and 1997 the Lions went there and won the series.
"Now they want to get their own back. My intention is for the players and management to have an enjoyable, combative and memorable period in South Africa this summer.
"The Lions has this romantic image about it - a caravan, a carnival of players going from one country to the next over a 12 year period. But to me the Lions are a good combative team that loves a challenge and competition - and represents what is best in rugby football."
The Lions kick-off their 10 match tour of South Africa against a High Veld XV at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg at 3.00pm local time (2.00pm BST) on Saturday, 30 May.
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'.