LOCK Scott Andrews is looking to show the fruits of his labour on the training paddock when he lines up for Newport Gwent Dragons against Lydney on Sunday.
The Rodney Parade region will field a mixture of youth and experience at Regentsholme this weekend and the 20-year-old from Marshfield will get a start in the boilerhouse.
Andrews has enjoyed a busy few weeks at the Dragons' new training base in Ystrad Mynach since returning from the Junior World Championship.
Working along fellow burgeoning locks Joe Davies (18), Matthew Screech (21) and Cory Hill (22), he is profiting from pearls of wisdom provided by ex-Wales international Ian Gough and new South African recruit Rynard Landman.
"It's brilliant to have Ian and Rynard helping us along," said Andrews. "They've got so much experience and are role models for us.
"They are mentors and are giving us plenty of pointers to try and help turn us into better players.
"We had a lineout and scrum session this week that was full-on and Ian was watching me closely and giving me little tips that make a big difference.
"It's great for me to have somebody to look up to like him – he won 64 caps for Wales and to see how hard he trains is amazing."
Andrews has represented the Dragons at all age-grade levels since learning the game at Bassaleg School and Whiteheads RFC.
He featured in all of Wales Under-20s Six Nations games and earned selection for the Junior World Championship in New Zealand where he played against Samoa, France and Ireland.
Now he is looking to impress at senior level, whether with the Dragons or Cross Keys.
Andrews said: "Playing against Bristol was a great experience last week and I am looking forward to a first start and having a good run out at Lydney.
"I will try to impress the coaches and show what I can do. I want to play as much as I can this season and I know that I will be watched closely when I am getting game time with Cross Keys, so I have to transfer what I am doing in training onto the pitch."
The match at Lydney kicks off at 3pm with entrance free for children and £2 for adults.