So our squad are in All Blacks land, they're wearing our Come on Wales charity wristbands to remind them of their support back home and they're being put through their paces by Gatland and co.
Now we're giving you the chance to wish them good luck in an unique way.
We've listed all the 30 squad members below. Select the player, or players, of your choice and write them a concise good luck message.
These messages will be printed on the players' Welsh jerseys which they will wear at some point during the Tournament.
So hurry! they need your good luck messages, and Media Wales and the WRU need to get the messages on the shirts and get them sent to New Zealand so that our boys can wear them.
Triumph is only a side-step, a conversion and loads of good luck messages away...

Lloyd Burns

Age
26
Position
Hooks
Club/Region
Dragons
Height
6ft
Weight
17st
Caps
3

Amazing rags to riches story for the Dragons front-rower. Was a bricklayer while playing semi-professional rugby just under 12 months ago. Now going to a World Cup as the second-string hooker.

Mike Phillips

Age
29
Position
Scrum-half
Club/Region
Bayonne
Height
6ft 3
Weight
15st 10
Caps
54

Lions Test star has put off-the-field troubles behind him to show how important he is to his country. Wales will need his physical attributes if they are to come through tough group.

Paul James

Age
29
Position
Prop
Club/Region
Ospreys
Height
6ft 1
Weight
18st 2
Caps
26

Wales' Mr Dependable over the last 18 months on both sides of scrum. Certain to start against South Africa on September 11 after Jenkins has been ruled out through injury of the World Cup opener in Wellington.

Rhys Priestland

Age
24
Position
Outside-half / full-back
Club/Region
Scarlets
Height
6ft
Weight
13st 9
Caps
4

The Scarlets back impressed in the August matches to cement his place in the squad. Will now be looking to go the next step as he looks to rival James Hook and Stephen Jones for the number 10 shirt. Can double up as full-back.

Ryan Bevington

Age
22
Position
Prop
Club/Region
Ospreys
Height
6ft
Weight
17st 2
Caps
4

Extremely mobile for a prop and one of the fastest forwards in the squad. One for the future but if Gethin Jenkins is not fit, he might need to prove he is ready for international rugby now.

Ryan Jones

Age
30
Position
No. 8
Club/Region
Ospreys
Height
6ft 5
Weight
17st 5
Caps
53

Resurgent Ryan has lifted his game since being relieved of the Welsh captaincy and will play in his first World Cup. No 8 will be hoping to shake off a calf injury to restore Six Nations back-row partnership with young flankers Lydiate and Warburton. Also covers second-row.

Sam Warburton (C)

Age
22
Position
Blues
Club/Region
6ft 2
Height
6ft 2
Weight
16st 4
Caps
17

Wales' World Cup captain and a well-deserved accolade. Might only be 22 but our new magnificent seven has shown assured composure since given the leadership reins. No specialist open side cover in squad, so promises to be busy few weeks for Warburton in New Zealand.

Scott Williams

Age
20
Position
Centre
Club/Region
Scarlets
Height
6ft
Weight
15st 3
Caps
4

Has made a late charge from nowhere to be picked as one of three specialist centres. Injury to Gavin Henson has seen him handed a deserved opportunity and will be looking to break-up the midfield pairing of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies.

Shane Williams

Age
34
Position
Wing
Club/Region
Ospreys
Height
5ft 7
Weight
12st 1
Caps
81

The Wales wing wizard is still one of the dangermen at the grand old age of 34. 54 tries in 81 Tests for the former IRB World player of the year tells its own story. Super Shane will be looking for one lust hurrah.

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    Saturday, December 3rd at 2:30pm
    Millennium Stadium

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I'm a student from North Wales – where, believe it or not, we know as much about rugby as do those in the south! I am a former captain of the Gogledd Cymru Girls U18 Team as well as being a qualified coach and referee.

I fancy I could give Gatland a run for his money and I'm almost always convinced I'm right and the ref's wrong – something I have in common with most of Wales I think, particularly after recent events...

 

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