KUMAMOTO, 13 Oct - Wales winger Hallam Amos is heading towards a career crossroads - but he hopes to leave his mark on the World Cup first.
Surgeon-in-waiting Amos, pictured above in training, is aiming to slice his way through Uruguay's defence on Sunday, when he will make his debut at this year's tournament in the Pool D finale in Kumamoto.
"I've just finished my neuroscience degree so I have three years left of medicine. Six years down, three to go," said the 25-year-old, who graduated with first-class honours from Cardiff University in the summer.
"That will be my medical degree done and I will have a decision to make, whether to do what Jamie (Roberts, former Wales centre) did and carry on with rugby or go into being a junior doctor.
"As a junior doctor, you have two years of four-month rotations, which is when most people work out what they want to do. I will not take anything off the table, but surgery is the route I would like to go down."
Amos could be forgiven for having had enough of the operating theatre, having endured a series of injuries that have hindered his test career.
The Cardiff Blues player, who scored his first try for Wales against Uruguay at RWC 2015, could have earned more than his 20 caps but for lengthy spells on the sidelines.
"I have just turned 25 and had four shoulder operations, dislocated elbows, ankles,” he said. "Most people have a socket joint with a ball, whereas mine was very flat and meant I was always more likely to dislocate my shoulder.
"With the operations I have had that cannot happen any more. There is a bone block in place, so you would have to shatter through that bone to dislocate it now.
"Touch wood, I am feeling more robust now than when I first came on the scene. It’s just getting that opportunity and putting your name out there for a run of games."
Amos will start on the wing against Uruguay but knows he could end up at full-back or fly-half as Wales look to protect key players before the quarter-final, which will be against France if they seal top place in the pool.
But Amos is simply happy to finally get a game.
"It is tough, you want to be out there. You experience the atmosphere in the warm-up and then you’re sort of the bridesmaid, never the bride," he said.
"But the boys have played three fantastic games which have been great to watch.
"I have a chance now so, hopefully, I can get a lot of touches. Gats (head coach Warren Gatland) has spoken to us about how it’s an opportunity.
"You just need to get into the game, because there are seven or eight of us who have not played a whole lot.
"It’s Uruguay’s last game and, like Fiji, they will come out all guns blazing. It will be a really great occasion."