Llanelli Scarlets scrum-half Mike Phillips has given Wales boss Mike Ruddock a selection headache for Saturday's match with France after bagging a first-half try double in the Scarlets' 18-11 Celtic League win at Connacht on Friday night.
The 2004 champions picked up their first win on Irish soil since October 2003 - coincidentally also against Connacht, and with Phillips a try-scorer - as Gareth Jenkins' side profited in a lacklustre encounter.
The 22-year-old Phillips' ingenuity as he touched down twice in the space of seven first half minutes was the highlight.
Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman - back from squad duty - sparked an early showing from Connacht as he carried well.
But the Scarlets, missing skipper and Jackman's international team-mate Simon Easterby, were not to be denied.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.