Wales have turned the heat up on their players as part of preparations for this autumn's World Cup in Australia by staging training sessions in scorching 98 degree conditions.
As if the heatwave sweeping the UK was not enough, the Welsh management turned on the heaters at their Vale of Glamorgan indoor training centre in a bid to acclimatise the squad to the weather conditions they are likely to encounter down under.
And Llanelli prop Iestyn Thomas admitted the soaring temperatures had quite literally taken the players' breath away.
'It was unbelievably hot in there, as soon as you opened the door the heat just hit you in the face like a wall. It was hard to get your breath at first,' said Thomas.
'At one stage the temperature was up to 36 degrees, which was sweltering, but it's all part of trying to acclimatise us to conditions in Australia. It takes some getting used to, however, especially for someone born in Pontypool.
'It just saps your energy so everything you do requires a little more effort than usual. You must lose a fair few kilos by the end of the exercise, by the end of the session our shirts were soaked through.'
However Thomas and Co will be wearing new shirts for the World Cup after their new strip was unveiled at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday, 4 August.
Alongside Thomas at the launch was Colin Charvis who has pledged his future to Wales' World Cup bid after a group of businesses agreed to sponsor the unemployed British Lion.
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).