Captain Colin Charvis has revealed there is belief in the Wales camp they can take heart from the excellent performances at the World Cup and build a challenge in the 2004 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Steve Hansen's men endured a terrible RBS 6 Nations campaign last year, losing all five matches as they picked up the 'wooden spoon.'
However, they were a revelation at last winter's World Cup in Australia, where they gave New Zealand a real run for their money in the pool section, before out-scoring England by three tries to one in a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat.
England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, yesterday ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder problem which needs surgery, feels Wales are the dark horses for the 2004 RBS 6 Nations.
And Charvis reflected: "At the end of the day, we lost both those games which was a bitter pill to swallow.
"But we have got to keep working and training hard.
"As a group if guys, we are pretty confident that we can retain a certain level of performance.
"Playing rugby is always a challenge, whether it is the World Cup or the RBS 6 Nations - there is always pressure."
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.