It will be master against apprentice when Wales do battle with France in their must-win European Championship clash in Albi on Saturday afternoon.
The second round of matches pits French head coach and former Hull FC and Wakefield head coach Richard Agar against his old mentor John Kear, a former England and France boss who is now in charge of his third national team after succeeding Iestyn Harris at Wales.
The 2014 European Championship is one long round of reunions for the veteran former Wakefield Head Coach Kear, who helped launch Agar's coaching career at Hull in 2004, coached Scotland captain Danny Brough at two Super League clubs and in tandem with Ireland boss Mark Aston steered Sheffield Eagles to their stunning win over Wigan in the 1998 Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
"I go back a long way with all three," Kear said. "I've had a very interesting last 10 or 15 years. We keep inter-twining, locking horns and it's great. It's part of the rugby league family."
Both France and Wales go into their meeting on the back of defeats and know a loss in Albi will end their hopes both of tournament success and of securing the big prize of a place in the 2016 Four Nations Series.
Kear's men will be looking to bounce back from their 42-18 defeat by Scotland while pre-tournament favourites France are reeling from a shock 22-12 loss to Ireland.
"We had a really good review of the previous performance against Scotland and we've identified areas that we need to tidy up and improve on," Kear said.
"The players' application has been first class and if they take that on to the field against France then I'll be very satisfied.
"This week will be vastly different to the Scotland game in Cumbria last Friday. We played in a howling gale and driving rain and, from the forecasts we've been getting, we'll have no rain on Saturday, 25 degree sunshine and the ground will be very firm."
Agar is poised to give a debut to Lezignan hooker John Boudebza, who this week completed a move to Hull KR, while Kear has called up four fresh faces as he rebuilds a youthful Welsh squad.
"It's exciting for the game in Wales," Kear said. "We've given a lot of people some opportunities. Some have taken them without a shadow of a doubt and are going to be here for a good few years yet."
For Wales and Ireland, who host the Scots in Dublin on Saturday afternoon, there is also the prospect of securing automatic entry into the 2017 World Cup down under.
"With the enormity of this fixture we will be looking to up our game against Scotland," Aston said. "Last week was a fantastic victory and it is important that we keep the spirit that we showed against France and build on that."
Scotland coach Steve McCormack, who celebrated 10 years in the job on Friday, reckons his side will need to find some improvement if they are to halt the improving Irish.
"A lot of people were shocked by Ireland beating France but nothing surprises me any more," said McCormack.
"We know we are going to have to be at our very best to win.
"If we play like we did in the second half against Wales we will give ourselves a chance but we've got to learn from where we went wrong in the first half."
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Richard Owen on a three-year deal.
The 25-year-old made 12 appearances for the Wildcats last season after joining on loan from rivals Castleford Tigers.
Wakefield have secured the future of one of their hottest prospects by tying full-back Max Jowitt to a new four-year deal.
The 17-year-old England youth international made his Super League debut at St. Helens in August, following in the footsteps of his father Ian who played for the club in the late 1980s.
A product of the Wildcats' youth development programme, Jowitt signed his first full-time deal at 16 and has been rewarded for his progress in the last 12 months with a contract running to the end of 2018.
Scrum-half Tim Smith has returned to the Wildcats on a permanent basis on a one-year contract for 2015.
Smith played a significant role in a five-game unbeaten run at the start of James Webster’s tenure that steered Trinity to Super League safety.
The 29-year old former Wigan and Parramatta Eels half-back made 89 Super League appearances in all and was the Wildcats Player of the Year during his first season in with the club in 2012.
Chris Riley, Lopini Paea, Mickael Simon, Matty Ashurst and Craig Hall will also join Smith as new additions to the squad for Webster’s first full season in charge.
Wakefield Wildcats coach James Webster has played down his team's chances of making the Super League play-offs.
They play Castleford Tigers this weekend in a West Yorkshire derby and need to win that and their final game against Hull KR to stand a chance of making the final eight.
Webster told Chris Dawkes his team are looking forward to playing the Tigers who, he says, have had a good season:
Castleford Tigers head in to a West Yorkshire derby this weekend against Wakefield Wildcats still in with a chance of finishing top of the Super League for the first time.
Warrington's victory over St Helens last night set up a nail biting finish to the league campaign.
With Tigers pushing for top spot and Wakefield still in with a chance of making the play-offs Daryl Powell told Chris Dawkes the game is one of the biggest derbies in recent years:
Wakefield have appointed much-travelled former Great Britain forward Lee Gilmour as assistant coach on a two-year contract.
The 35-year-old former Wigan, Bradford, St Helens, Huddersfield and Castleford second rower, who joined the Wildcats on loan in May and has played in their last 11 matches, will join head coach James Webster and Stuart Dickens on the club's backroom staff from 2015 but will continue to be available to play.
"I've been really pleased with what Lee has offered in his time here," said Webster, who stepped up from the role of assistant coach when Richard Agar left the club in June.
Dewsbury-born Gilmour, who was out of the game for almost 12 months with shoulder and knee injuries before making his comeback with the Wildcats, is not yet ready to hang up his boots but is keen to get into coaching.
Wakefield will be without captain Danny Kirmond for the rest of the seasonafter he was booked in for operations on both hands and a knee.
Ali Lauitiiti has become the latest man to extend his stay at the Wildcats after penning a two-year deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2016.
The 35-year old signed for Trinity ahead of the 2012 season and has been an influential figure for the club in his 60 Super League appearances.
A former New Zealand international, Lauitiiti has made the second highest number of offloads for the Wildcats in 2014 despite only making 14 appearances having sustained a knee injury at the home of former club Leeds Rhinos in April.
Wakefield coach James Webster has returned to Perpignan to make his latest signing for 2015.
Tonga prop Lopini Paea, 30, is to follow his Catalan Dragons team-mate Mickael Simon in swapping the south of France for West Yorkshire after signing a 12-month contract with the Wildcats.
Paea, whose brother Mickey plays for Hull, has made 76 Super League appearances since joining the French club from Sydney Roosters in 2011.
"He's an experienced player and been a pivotal part of what is a very big and aggressive pack at Catalans," said Webster. "We're extremely happy to have him with us for next year."
The 16st 3lb Paea, who captained Tonga in the 2008 World Cup, is Wakefield's fourth addition to their squad for 2015 following the acquisition of Simon, Craig Hall and Matty Ashurst as Webster prepares for his first full season in charge.
Wakefield loose forward Danny Washbrook has agreed a new 12-month contract to remain with the Wildcats in 2015.
The 28-year old has been a mainstay in the team since joining from Hull in 2012, appearing in all but three of a possible 78 Super League appearances in that time, and is the club's leading tackler this year.