TOYOTA, 21 Sep. - As a former scaffolder in a steelworks, Wales's Liam Williams is hoping the World Cup in Japan will enable him to take the final step in a dizzying climb to the top.
The full-back deals with the high-ball bombs sent his way on the pitch with the same calmness he used to show working on a blast furnace 90 metres above ground in Port Talbot.
And having been offered a glimpse of his old life at Wales's previous training base in Kitakyushu, the 28-year-old intends capping the greatest year of his life with World Cup glory.
"We went out on a boat last week and we went past a steelworks and I felt it was like home from home here," said Williams after the team had arrived in Toyota for their opener against Georgia.
"I wasn't tempted to pop in, I was too busy catching fish.
"It's probably about eight years or so since I was scaffolding and if I went back I wouldn't have a clue what to do. Everything has changed now.
"I take every day as it comes and I am honoured and excited for what lies ahead."
The past 12 months have already been a dream for Williams.
The Swansea-born player won the Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales, then went on to take the Premiership title in England with Saracens before helping them to be crowned European champions.
Now he is setting his sights on a successful Rugby World Cup as Wales begin their Pool D campaign on Monday.
"It's been the best year of my life in terms of the rugby aspect," said Williams.
"I was injured quite a bit in my first year with Saracens. I was fortunate to win the Premiership that year, but I didn't play in the semis or the final because I injured my shoulder.
"I missed that but played a big part this time. I played all the games in the Six Nations as well and it's a year I'll never, ever forget."
Wales did not have the best of warm-ups, losing twice to Ireland and once to England, though they did win against Eddie Jones's side in the return in Cardiff.
But Williams says those games will mean little when Wales take the field against Georgia at the City of Toyota Stadium.
"I'm very excited. I didn't play much at the last World Cup as I got injured.
"There are parts where it has been great and parts where it hasn't in the warm-up games. I wouldn't say they mean a huge amount.
"We're not here hoping, it's more expectation and knowing the country back home are expecting good things and I am pretty sure we will be able to do that."
Williams is certainly keeping his options open about how far Wales can travel in RWC 2019.
"My mum and missus are coming out on the 10th (of October) for the last pool game.
"I've got them an open flight so it will depend on how we do when they go back."