KUMAMOTO, 12 Oct - His chance has come late in the day but Bradley Davies believes there is still time to make his mark at Rugby World Cup 2019.
The Ospreys second-row will make his bow in a much-changed team for Sunday's Pool D closer against Uruguay after being called up as a replacement for the injured Cory Hill.
And with head coach Warren Gatland telling the players that quarter-final places are still up for grabs, Davies will be hoping it is not his only appearance.
"It's funny how things work out. It’s unfortunate for Cory, but it's nice to be here, my third World Cup," Davies said.
"It was a goal of mine at the start of the season to be out here. It didn't go to plan at first but I am here now, excited about it and trying to enjoy every minute.
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"Sometimes it can be a token just to say it's a 31-man squad and the door is not shut on selection, but it really has been a focus of the squad. We're all in it as one together, on the field and off it.
"The way the fixtures have fallen, the boys are getting their chance right at the end. Sometimes, like the last World Cup, it was right at the start. We made a load of changes then.
"This one we have had to sit and watch the boys and train hard and wait for our chance, and it's come."
Davies said players outside the match-day 23 often train "doubly as hard" to maintain sharpness and impress the coaches.
"As players we are the first ones to ask coaches when we are not playing, then when we are given the chance we go out there and deliver.
"You can't make it personal, you can't make it about yourself. It's the team that comes first and we are out there to do a job."
Wales could finish with a perfect record in the pool for only the second time in their World Cup history if they beat Uruguay to set up a quarter-final with France.
The only other time Wales achieved the feat was in 1987 when there were four teams in the pool stages rather than five.
But Davies insists that Wales - who have made 13 changes to the side that beat Fiji on Wednesday - would not dismiss the threat of a Uruguay team that has already sprung one World Cup surprise.
"It might be the last game but it's still a massively important game. Uruguay are a difficult team. The improvements they have made are phenomenal.
"They beat Fiji, who as we found out, are a very good team. It is going to be a very difficult challenge and we don't want to let our guard down."