The 20-year-old demonstrates great maturity and insight when he speaks of what it takes for a squad to gel and bond successfully.
"When one of the boys is a new cap, they have to sing on the front of the bus which is good craic," he said.
"But personally, I think when you are training very hard in a tough environment it helps.
"And then maybe when things don't go your way in a game, I think it is one of the best ways to build relationships and bond the team together because you know everyone becomes very tight and everyone fights for each other."
This is of course very pertinent with Wales Under-20s getting of to a flying start in their Six Nations Championship with wins against Italy and Ireland but then stumbling and losing against the French.
For the impending clash against England ten changes have been made to the side that started against France.
This is something that Hughes as captain must adapt to in terms of helping to create as smooth a transition as possible.
He added: "You know with different boys coming in, maybe some of them have not played as much of a part as the other guys, making sure that they are comfortable with their roles."
Regarding his role as captain, he says, "It is just making sure that everyone is comfortable with their roles in the team and in the squad. It also about always trying to get a really positive environment in the team, to have the highest standards in training on and off the pitch."
When the Scarlets back talks about what it means for him on a personal level to captain his country he shows both his delight and levelheadedness.
"It is a massive honour, it is something you dream of doing as a young boy," he said. "To have the opportunity to do that is brilliant but it is something that is also about responsibility. I am really enjoying it."
Even when it comes to relaxation and downtime, Hughes shows savvy and common sense that is commendable for one of such relatively tender years. He added: "When you finish training in the day and spend too long in the night thinking about it, it can get you into a bit of a knot, so I think it is very important to chill out."
For him it would seem that music is the key to retaining his cool and calm.
"I like to play the guitar a bit to try to chill out," he added. "I wouldn't say I have many pre-match rituals except that this year I have listened to the same play list before every game. Kings of Leon - Closer is one song I really like listening to and This Is What It Feels Like by Armin van Buuren.
"To be honest with you it helps me to chill out before games, I hate to get too worked up, it helps to keep my mind fresh and ready thinking about my role before the game."
Playing for his hometown club of Llanelli RFC and starting to take to the field for his region Scarlets is both a great source of pride and motivation for him.
"I have played a lot of rugby for Llanelli, the semi-professional club," he said. "I have had two starts in the LV Cup for Scarlets this year against Saracens and against Gloucester, which was good. I really enjoyed them; I got a try against Gloucester, which was nice.
"Obviously, every game you play for Scarlets is important and the experience you gain from playing in those games is brilliant."
Starring for both Scarlets and the Wales senior side also at centre are British & Irish Lion Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams.
They also play their part in the rugby education of young up and coming players such as Hughes, who adds: "if there was anything I was concerned about, or needed clarity about or wanted a bit of advice I would feel more than comfortable to go and have a chat with them and they are very willing to help me out, which they have done a few times."
The likes of Davies and Williams along with Wales's recent dominance of the RBS 6 Nations serves as inspiration to the next generation. "It is something to aim for isn't it? You want to set yourself up with the best and play against the best," says Hughes. "It is something as young boys you hope to do and you keep driving yourself and driving your standards to get to that level.
"Traditionally Llanelli is a rugby mad area, everyone dreams of playing for Scarlets and for Wales when you are older."
A dream that the Under-20s Six Nations tournament can help to lead towards.