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
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.