Wales and the Rugby World Cup may be fixing much of the nation's attention at present, but the sport's other code is working hard to grab some of the limelight.
Rugby League in Wales has always faced a challenge to move beyond the shadow of rugby union and this season might be their biggest yet if Warren Gatland's team go all the way in Japan.
But the other version of the game - one played with 13, rather than 15 players - now has deep roots in Wales and they know how to be resilient.
A Wales team featuring one of the genuine young stars of Super League, Regan Grace, will be in Australia this month for the World Cup Nines - a nine-a-side version of rugby league - that starts in Sydney on October 18.
That will be the day Wales begin their campaign against France, with group matches against England and Lebanon to follow. The Wales squad also features experienced campaigners such as Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams and Ben Flower.
It's a new tournament and so international fixture lists for the full 13-a-side version of the game have been left clear - meaning Wales have no Test matches this autumn.
But that should allow more focus to be given to the new Wales women's rugby league side, who are preparing to make their bow this autumn.
On Saturday October 26, at The Gnoll, Neath, history will be made when Wales women take on Great Britain Teachers in their first game. It's a milestone for rugby league, with a second match - and first capped Test - against England Lions, pencilled in for November 16 at Leigh.
Head coach Craig Taylor held a trials for over 50 potential players before settling on his 24-player squad.
"I've been involved with representative rugby for a number of years, and it was one of the best trial days I've ever experienced," says Taylor.
"If that day was anything to go by, then the future of women's rugby league is bright in Wales.
"I've already been in touch with them all, sending homework - videos to watch and to give feedback. Everyone is so enthusiastic."