Dragons centre Jack Dixon has been given a boost by Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards after he was named in the team's World Cup training squad.
The 20-year-old, who has enjoyed a good season at Rodney Parade, impressed in the Wales U20 in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Junior World Championships.
Injury has hampered Dixon since then but he did feature in fifteen PRO12 games this season and with Jonathan Davies injured, he has made the cut.
"Jack's defensive work stands out for the Dragons – he is just a very tough lad and that's what you need in international rugby," Edwards said in praise of the young player when speaking to the South Wales Argus in an interview.
"He has been leading the Dragons' defence and it was good to see that he has been developing alongside Tyler (Morgan).
"There's real competition for places (in midfield) and if Jack is working alongside Jamie Roberts and sees how he operates then it's a win-win situation.
"Jamie is a great person to be around as regard learning that leadership role that is so pivotal in the 12 position so Jack should really benefit from the next few months."