Wales' new-found heros are being asked to save Welsh rugby once again by breathing new life into regional rugby.
Steve Hansen's men proved their is still plenty of fire in the Dragon with their stunning performances against the All Blacks and England at the World Cup.
But they have been brought back down to earth with a bump since returning to Wales.
And instead of coming home to a bright new future they are faced with the same mess they hoped they had left behind.
Cash problems, poor crowds and bitter in-fighting have ensured Wales is no place for World Cup heros with money-hungry clubs in England and France sure to be on alert.
But having returned from the crusades to restore national pride, Shane Williams, Jonathan Thomas and Co are now needed as peacekeepers in their homeland.
"It's going to be a massive boost for welsh rugby to have these players back because when you start something new you need your top athletes," said Celtic Warriors coach Lynn Howells.
"We've been getting by on a wing and a prayer until now but they did so well at the World Cup that it will be like starting the season all over again."
Howells knows all about regional rugby's problems with the Warriors on the verge of being torn apart less than four months after being formed from Pontypridd and Bridgend.
Pontypridd fans are taking legal action against backer Leighton Samuel over the decision to play all the Warriors' home games in Bridgend.
But Howells has urged the players to ignore the turmoil and help get regional rugby on track.
"The players have got to put all the off-the-field nonesense out of their minds because if they get involved it could be the end of Welsh rugby," he warned.
"The most important thing for players to think about is playing and not where the Warriors are going to be playing or what Gwent is going to be called. They have to rise above it.
"Many players in the World Cup squad were young but they showed they have a big future in rugby by proving they could play at that level."
Howells is taking his Warriors region to a training camp at RAF Horton in Middlesex this weekend following the return of 10 players from World Cup duty.
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Head coach Rowland Phillips and key front rower Carys Phillips look ahead to games against Spain and Ireland as Wales Women ramp up their preparations for the forthcoming Six Nations. The two warm-up games are a 'massive opportunity to refine the squad' according to the Welsh camp.
Martyn Phillips has discussed details of the newly published 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby' which puts in black and white terms the plans and direction of the governing body of the national sport in Wales for the next decade.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips has urged Welsh rugby fans to follow in the footsteps of their soccer counterparts at last summer's Euro Championship by backing their team to the hilt in the upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Chief executive Martyn Phillips has highlighted the plans for Wales to become a breeding ground for national and elite club rugby coaches, which are contained in the WRU's 10-year 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby'.
Andrew Coombs is enjoying his new role as Nelson forwards coach. The former Dragons and Wales lock has big ambitions to become a professional coach but feels it's important to learn the ropes in grassroots rugby and where better than his home club Nelson, with friends and family close to hand.
Students at Brynllywarch Hall School, near Newtown, have transformed their own lives, and are now having a positive impact on others through rugby. The sport has had a life-changing effect on the well-being of the students who are now delivering rugby sessions to local primary schools and playing for a new mixed ability side
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Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.