Warren Gatland insists he wants his Welsh side to leave South Africa having gained the respect of the world champions - starting with Saturday's opening Prince William Cup clash in Bloemfontein.
Gatland's Six Nations champs will have to move up a gear from their triumph in Cardiff three months ago in the Battle of the Hemispheres. They have only beaten the 'Boks once in 20 games to date stretching back to 1906.
But the Wales coach believes he has the right players to make a mark against the Springboks in Bloemfontein this weekend and perhaps even add to the one triumph in 1999 at the Millennium Stadium.
Gatland said: "We want to earn the respect of the South Africans. I went back to New Zealand after the Six Nations and there was definitely a feeling that we have regained some respect for being European champions - especially given the way we played and the teams we beat.
"But this is a great chance against the world champions to show how much we have improved and we must not let ourselves down. I've said from the first day that's it's not necessarily about results straight away. "What's most important is that the Welsh people see these guys giving everything they have. We have a tough schedule with two games at altitude but all I can ask as a coach is that we give 100 per cent and make sure the Springboks come off the field knowing they have been involved in one hell of a game - that is what earns respect."
Wales are without eight members of that Grand Slam winning squad in Martyn Williams, Gavin Henson, Mike Phillips, Dwayne Peel, Lee Byrne, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Alix Popham and Huw Bennett.
That gives scrum-half Gareth Cooper, flanker Dafydd Jones and full-back Jamie Roberts big opportunities to cement their place in the Gatland revolution.
New South African coach Peter de Villiers has made ten changes from their World Cup final win over England last November.
Prop Brian Mujati and second row Andries Bekker make their debuts in a starting line-up that also includes Zimbabwe-born winger Tonderai Chavhanga.
Wales: J Roberts; M Jones, T Shanklin, S Parker, S Williams; S Jones, G Cooper; G Jenkins, M Rees, A Jones, I Gough, A-W Jones, J Thomas, D Jones, R Jones (capt)
Replacements: D Jones, R Hibbard, I Evans, G Delve, W Fury, J Hook, M Stoddart
South Africa: C Jantjes; T Chavhanga, A Jacobs, J de Villiers, B Habana; B James, B Conradie; G Steenkamp, J Smit (capt), B Mujati, B Botha, A Bekker, L Watson, J Smith, P Spies
Replacements: CJ van der Linde, B du Plessis, D Rossouw, R Pienaar, P Grant, P Montgomery, V Matfield
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.