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
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose