It's been another hectic fortnight in the mad world of Welsh rugby!
First Mike Ruddock quits - which shouldn't be that surprising as we've lost a coach every year before a World Cup, apart from the first one!
Scott Johnson was the obvious choice to step in, having played a part as number two for two years.
To make the step-up to number one will be a challenge as there are fundamental differences between the roles. It's his head on the block, him facing the difficult decisions of selecting the team and telling individuals if they are not playing well.
But the players think a lot of Scott. That relationship now needs to evolve in order to take the team on and produce some decent performances with a World Cup looming.
On top of everything, we then lose Gareth Thomas. Again, with Wales' record of injury woes, I guess this was not unexpected! Our resources are being stretched further and further.
To lose such an inspirational character as Gareth is a huge blow. We desperately need people with the mentality to deal with high pressure situations. In the face of adversity, true characters shine through.
Despite having lost a coach and a captain over the last two weeks, I didn't anticipate that level of performance against Ireland.
I'd have hoped the issues would have made us a stronger, tighter unit. But we showed very little fight in Dublin.
Ireland fully deserved their victory. They were comfortably the better side and always looked more likely to create something.
The opening 20 minutes was promising, but Stephen Jones' injury was a turning point. We lost our shape and structure, and heads dropped.
To bring Gavin Henson on in the pivotal outside-half role was an awful lot to ask of someone who has barely played recently due to injury and suspension.
I don't think there's many Welshmen who could hold their hands up and say 'I gave my all'.
We lacked the strength to compete at the breakdowns and looked off the pace.
Dwayne Peel and Stephen Jones were comfortably the best Wales players and we hope to have Jones back for the Italy game as he's vital.
Scott Johnson will be crossing his fingers that none of his players sustain any further injuries if they have to turn out for Llanelli Scarlets this weekend.
The Italians have impressed so far in the RBS 6 Nations. Pierre Berbizier was always going to tighten them up as he's a very pragmatic coach.
They have gone back to where their strength lies. They're limited as to what they can do in the back line and know there's no point trying to do things they can't.
But they're uncompromising and have a very physical pack. They will tackle themselves to a standstill and are sure to give us a difficult game.
They pushed France all the way in Paris, and the final scoreline flattered the French.
Italy are no mugs. They have played the two 'big guns' - England and France - and pushed Ireland all the way.
They have two games left - against Wales and Scotland - and will be desperate to break their duck.
Wales will have to step up a level, but in the end I think home advantage will probably tell.
After Ireland's heroic big-game hunt of the Springboks and Scotland's six-try runaround of the Pumas, the challenge of engineering the most spectacular win of the autumn series now falls on Wales, writes Peter Jackson.