It's hard not to feel happy for Johnny Williams.
A year ago, he was sat in a hospital bed - undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer.
Now, 12 months on, he is two caps into his fledgling Test career with Wales and already celebrating his first try for his country.
The last 18 months have been tumultuous and testing, but equally rewarding for simply persevering in the face of adversity.
From the brief joy of pulling on an England jersey in an uncapped match against the Barbarians to the devastating realisation his life had been turned upside down with his cancer diagnosis.
After overcoming his illness, he came to the literal land of his father's to pursue his ambitions of pulling on the red jersey, having grown up watching Wales play with his dad, Gareth.
A Welsh speaker from Rhyl, Gareth marked Johnny out as a proud Welshman from an early age with the middle names Bleddyn and Rhys.
To get the international call-up at the first possible opportunity was something he described as "amazing" earlier this autumn.
"I had a goal for the summer tour", he said. "I didn’t think it would come so soon."
To then make his debut against Georgia, albeit in an empty Parc y Scarlets, and follow it up with a second cap against England of all teams would make even the most miserable of rugby fans crack a smile.
"I have come a long way in the past 18 months, and I can look back with pride," he said after the defeat to England.
"If you had told me at the time that in 18 months I would be starting against England and getting your first try, I wouldn't have believed you. I am grateful for that."
That alone is a worthy ending to a remarkable chapter of his life. Yet you sense it is only the beginning.
Because he looks, for all intents and purposes, to the manner born at Test.
There was, of course, the opportunistic try, showing some great footballing skills and composure to capitalise on a loose ball before celebrating with gusto in the largely empty Llanelli venue.
"I celebrated pretty intently to no fans, which was kind of embarrassing!" he joked afterwards.
"Imagine if there had been 80,000 at the Principality Stadium going mad, but it was still surreal knowing that my family were celebrating at home and going mad."
But, perhaps more impressively, there was the defensive effort.
England can boast more than a few rugby behemoths, but time after time, they were being knocked back in the tackle by the 24-year-old.
One big hit on Mako Vunipola forced a knock-on from the England prop, while Williams looked calm and assured in a position where others have probably struggled this autumn in a defence which has malfunctioned.
Former Wales captain Sam Warburton referred to no one really currently nailing down the 12 jersey during his punditry for Amazon Prime.
"I thought Johnny Williams had a great game," said Warburton.
"I don't think anyone has really grabbed the 12 jersey yet, and I think he'll make it his own."
Warburton is right in the sense that, since Hadleigh Parkes left for Japan earlier this year, the 12 jersey has appeared to be drifting towards a state of flux.
For some time now, that position has been settled with both Parkes and Jamie Roberts before him holding it down for lengthy periods.
Parkes had made the jersey his own since bursting onto the scene at the end of the 2017 autumn internationals. Of the 32 internationals he was available and fit for, he started 27.
The minute he went over for a brace of tries against South Africa in 2017, that 12 jersey was Parkes' from there on, just as Jamie Roberts had dominated the jersey for the best part of a decade before that.
Heading into this autumn however, it was largely anyone's guess.
Owen Watkin has notched up a quarter century of caps, but more have been replacement appearances than starts. It's hard to say he'd really proven himself as a big-game Test starter as of yet.
As for Nick Tompkins, he was the first man handed the 12 jersey following Parkes' departure, but his future appears to lie at 13 instead.
Williams, though, just looks the part.
Wayne Pivac compared him to Parkes last week, only with "a little bit more X-factor about him".
And like Parkes, he appears to have slotted in to Test rugby as though he already had 30 caps under his belt.
After the last 18 months, all you can be for Williams is happy.
As for his future on the Test stage, there's plenty of reasons to be excited.