Wales team manager Alan Phillips has declared that while his team respects South Africa the Springboks hold no fear for them as opponents.
He said the Wales players and coaches are pleased the South Africans will be their first opponents in Rugby World Cup 2011.
Phillips said: "It's the right time for us to play them but we will never lose sight of the fact that they are a formidable outfit.
"There's no fear now. We respect them and although they haven't had a good run this is the Rugby World Cup so we know what to expect.
"I am sure they also respect us but right now we are focusing on preparing our own game. The results have been close the last few times we have played them and that is going to help our confidence."
The team manager said the Wales summer training schedule had proved to be a major boost for the squad. He said: "There is no doubt the training in Poland helped us, not just physically but mentally as well. It toughened up our squad. We tried to break them but they kept coming back for more.
"After that the big bonus for us was the summer results because the results have helped boost our confidence. There's no doubt this squad believes they can do something special."
He said the serious focus on the Springbok game will commence in Tuesday training sessions as the coaches focus on the encounter ahead.
He revealed that post arrival training sessions were far tougher than he expected as players showed their competitive edge early in the campaign.
He said: "I have been surprised how hard we trained over the weekend and that's because the competition in this squad is excellent. There is no doubt that if we start playing well we will just start getting better and better.
"We've got a young group of players here all putting pressure on the more senior members of the squad. Only the other day Gethin Jenkins remarked to me how the personnel has changed because now the young players outnumber the older group."
Phillips has now attended three Rugby World Cup competitions as a manager and played in the original competition in 1987.
He praised the mood in the Welsh squad and pinpointed the creation of a Wales squad choir as a sign of how the team is "tight" as a group.
Phillips revealed:"I never thought we would get a big group of players like this getting together as a choir. They've been practising in the team room and even on the bus to get it right and that's been great to see.
"The boys sang at the Maori welcome and it was really appreciated by the crowd. This is a big step forward."
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Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
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Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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