Gethin Jenkins is winning his race to be fit for Wales' Autumn clash with New Zealand.
The British Lions and Wales prop looked set to miss the November 7 clash in Cardiff after having shoulder and facial surgery following the brutal tour to South Africa.
But after using a new radiowave treatment device from Spain, Jenkins is making a rapid recovery in a bid to face the All Blacks. Jenkins, 28, said: "I've been told I can be back playing in 12 weeks and if that is the case I could be back by October 17.
"Usually shoulder surgery means four weeks of doing nothing at all and waiting for things to settle down. The idea of that was really frustrating so when the surgeon suggested this treatment I went for it straightaway.
"It's hard to feel what it is doing but hopefully the benefits will come through weeks down the line. When you come back from something like this it plays on your mind when you get back on the field. But you have to get over that and get on with it.
"But I hope to be fit in time for the autumn games - that's definitely the aim."
The revolutionary Tecar system is also used by Premier League giants Chelsea and tennis superstar Rafael Nadal. And Wales coach Warren Gatland will be delighted the therapy is also having the desired effect on fellow Lions star Martyn Williams.
Williams was carrying a shoulder problem before the third Test win in Johannesburg. But thanks to the treatment, the flanker is now in contention to take on the southern hemisphere quartet of New Zealand, Samoa, Argentina and Australia.
Williams said: "I've never had surgery before but I hope this will make a difference and help put me in contention to feature in the autumn."
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.