At the start of this year, Gerwyn Price completed his ascension to the summit of the darting world - winning the PDC World Championship and becoming the new world number one.

It marked an incredible rise into a sport that he only started playing professionally in 2014.

However, nearly 16 years ago, he was taking the early steps of climbing the ladder in another sport.

Because, as you may have read about once or twice in the past seven years, before Price followed his darts dream, he actually played a bit of rugby.

And in 2005, he was part of Wales' U21s team that competed at the World Cup in Argentina. Price was a guest on WalesOnline's Welsh Rugby Podcast, where he talked about his experiences with Wales U21s - as well as his success in darts. You can listen to that podcast here.

With a couple of key players from the U21s Grand Slam earlier that year called up to the senior squad, it wasn't exactly a vintage tournament for Wales.

Despite that, one or two still managed to go pretty far in the game...

15. Jamie Roberts (Cardiff)

The young Roberts was chosen to start at full-back in just one of Wales' five matches - a 45-23 defeat to Scotland. Otherwise, he was largely consigned to a bench spot out in Argentina.

It didn't hinder his progress too much.

Three summers later, he was playing full-back for the Welsh senior side on the summer tour of South Africa, having made his debut on the wing earlier that year.

The following week, he started at inside centre for the first time in his career. The rest is history.

94 caps, two Lions tours and a storied career that saw him play club rugby in Wales, England, France and South Africa would all follow. Still going strong and was unlucky not to earn a Wales recall this week.

14. Aled Brew (Neath/Ospreys)

Brew was in fine form in this tournament, with his fondness for the whitewash apparent even at an early age.

Went on to have a fine career afterwards, joining an exclusive band of players to turn out for all four regions - however it was with the Dragons that he produced his best rugby.

That resulted in nine caps between 2007 and 2011, while he was also part of the World Cup-winning Sevens side in 2009.

Also had spells with Biarritz and Bath before hanging up his boots in December.

13. Andrew Bishop (Neath/Ospreys)

Already a stalwart in the U21s team that won the Grand Slam in 2005, Bishop went on to become the glue in the Ospreys midfield for the best part of a decade.

Ask anyone who played with him during his time with the region and they'd likely tell you he was the most important piece of the jigsaw. However, he never translated that onto the Test scene - winning just 12 caps between 2008 and 2012

Forced to retire from the sport through injury in 2015, he has since become a coach at the Ospreys.

(From L-R) Rhys Webb, Shane Williams, Ashley Beck and Andrew Bishop celebrate the 2012 Pro12 final win against Leinster

12. David Watts (Swansea)

Started all but one of Wales' matches out in Argentina, providing a strong presence in midfield.

Went on to make over 200 appearances for Swansea.

Watts also works as a PE teacher at Gowerton school, where he coaches the rugby side.

11. Richard Fussell (Dragons)

Having won age-grade honours for Wales at U17, U18 and U19 level, Fussell made his name with Pontypridd before joining the Dragons in the summer of 2005 - the same summer he went with Wales U21s to Argentina.

Fussell established himself as a fine player at Rodney Parade, touching down 24 times in 82 appearances for the Dragons.

After leaving the Dragons, Fussell spent six years with the Ospreys - making 113 appearances and scoring 18 tries. Since retiring, he has become a development coach with the Ospreys.

10. David Flanagan (Pontypridd)

The 10 jersey in Argentina flitted between Flanagan and Aled Thomas - who would go on to score the try that would win Wales Sevens the World Cup in 2009.

As for Flanagan, following a playing career that took in spells with Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys and Pontypridd, he joined the Scarlets as a skills/kicking coach in 2014.

Formed a key part of the Scarlets’ development programme, working with the Scarlets A side, the British & Irish Cup team and as head coach of Llanelli RFC, while he also worked with Wales U20s.

Now works as backs coach with the Scarlets under Glenn Delaney.

9. Wayne Evans (Cardiff Blues)

A product of Carmarthen Quins, Evans was capped by Wales at Youth and under 21 level.

A livewire scrum-half, Evans gained further international honours with Wales Sevens. In 2007, he left Cardiff Blues to join the the Dragons where he spent seven successful seasons before joining up with Coventry RFC.

In the summer of 2016, Evans joined Pontypridd - where he spent two years before a broken leg forced him to retire.

1. Scott Roberts (Cardiff Blues)

The Porth product joined Pontypridd back in 2003 - with two more spells at the club in 2005 and 2012.

Capped for Wales at youth and under 21 level, Scott also represented Bridgend and Coventry at club level, and was given professional contracts with the Blues, Scarlets and Dragons in turn, turning out for Cardiff, Llanelli and Bedwas on regional allocation.

Retired in 2013 to focus on work and family commitments.

2. Gerwyn Price (Neath)

Having already been capped at Wales U18s level alongside future Wales and Lions star James Hook, Price came through the ranks at Neath before he was one of nine uncapped players called up for the tournament in Argentina.

Price began the first two pool matches on the bench, before starting the final three matches as Wales finished eighth.

The rest of Price's rugby career would never quite reach the heights he might have hoped - calling it a day in 2014 after spells with Cross Keys and Glasgow Warriors to focus on his darts.

After becoming only the fourth man in PDC history to accumulate more than £1m in earnings in the Order of Merit, that wasn't too bad a decision.

3. Cai Griffiths (Neath/Ospreys)

Tight-head prop Griffiths was a constant in the U21s side that year, laying the platform for a steady career that saw him play for the Ospreys over three different spells.

Also spent time at London Irish and London Welsh - where he is now the current director of rugby and player at the club.

The ex-prop has quickly made a mark as a team boss, steering the Exiles to back-to-back promotions and being named coach of the year at the National Rugby Awards.

4. Alun Wyn Jones (Swansea/Ospreys)

Well, we all know how this one ended up.

That same year, Jones made his debut for the Ospreys, while a year after being a crucial part of the U21s side, he was making his full Test debut for Wales back out in Argentina.

Since then, he's gone on to captain his country, go on three Lions tours, win numerous pieces of silverware and break the record for Test appearances.

Not a bad career...

5. Dominic Day (Llanelli)

One of the nine uncapped players coming into the squad for the World Cup, Day has gone on to have a remarkable career.

After coming through the ranks with Pembroke Dock Quins, he had stints with Llanelli, the Scarlets and Bath before heading to Japan to play for Toyota Verblitz and then journeying south for a spell with Melbourne Rebels.

He also enjoyed Premiership and Champions Cup success with Saracens - before retiring in 2019.

There were also three caps for Wales after being selected for the 2015 World Cup, while he now runs a CBD oil business with England lock George Kruis. You can read his remarkable story here.

6. Adam Powell (Blues)

A proper tough-as-teak blindside, Powell won caps at U18 and U19 levels before getting his chance with the U21s.

Had spells with Cardiff, Merthyr, Neath, Pontypridd and Cross Keys in a solid Premiership career.

Is now working as an adult rugby coach and course facilitator with rugby charity School of Hard Knocks.

7. Rhys Shellard (Pontypridd)

Aberdare product Shellard went on to captain the U21s in the World Cup the following year, while he also would captain Wales Sevens during his career.

Signed for Cardiff Blues in 2005 - only to be released three years later.

However, he has established himself as one of Pontypridd's finest players during the semi-professional era and was rewarded with a testimonial in 2019.

8. Jonathan Mills (Llanelli/Scarlets, capt)

The captain of the side, Mills went on to carve out a solid senior career for himself.

Swapped west Wales for London Welsh, where he captained the side during their season in the Aviva Premiership.

After that, he spent four years with Sale Sharks, before finishing his career with spells at Dallas Griffins and London Scottish.

He's now the head coach of Rosslyn Park.