Martyn Williams will make his final Wales appearance at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday - and then hope he has done enough to feature in a fourth World Cup.
Williams readily accepts the clock is ticking on a 15-year Test career highlighted by two Six Nations Grand Slams, three British and Irish Lions tours and the captaincy of his country, which he regains against Argentina this weekend. The Cardiff Blues flanker will be 36 the day before Wales arrive in New Zealand for their World Cup campaign.
"Look, when I was left out the Six Nations squad last season I thought that was me done and dusted," said Williams. "But then I was pulled into the World Cup training squad of 45 and I've had a good summer's training and been given the opportunity again."
He added: "Everybody gets frustrated watching and so, yes, I am glad to get a run.
"For a few of us who haven't had a chance, there is the incentive that, with things still up in the air, a good performance will help.
"But when you get to the stage of your career I am at, then even though the competitive edge is still there, you have to be realistic.
"I have trained really hard, I am in the best shape I've ever been, and that makes you want to play even more.
"There is quite a few of us who haven't played all summer and who are going to have to go straight in on Saturday and hit their straps immediately.
"It's not going to be easy, but that's just how it is. You have to deal with it."