Shaun Edwards reckons the Probables versus Possibles clash will be an intense affair
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards expects the Probables versus Possibles clash in Swansea to be a full-blooded encounter.
The first Wales senior trail in 14 years takes place on Friday, May 30 as Warren Gatland's troops get set for the summer tour of South Africa.
And given that the prospect of international recognition is combined with a chance to get one over on team-mates and rivals alike, Edwards believes a big battle lies in wait at the Liberty Stadium.
"You play your hardest rugby against your mates and people who you know," said Edwards. "That's my experience from playing rugby.
"When you are playing against people you know, you want to be at your best because you don't want your opposite number not respecting you. When you go to another club and play against people you know, you want them to respect you.
"You want to make sure you're at your absolute best. Next time you're at training when you're in the same team, he might not think so much of you if you haven't put it in in this game and showed your merits, both in your physicality and in your skill level.
"We are having this trial because we want people to be match fit and they need to be going hammer and tongs at each other. They're playing for places."
With the Ospreys just missing out on a play-off spot in the RaboDirect PRO12, all four regions have now finished their seasons a full month before Wales play the first Test against the Springboks in Durban on June 14.
Edwards admits that failing to fill that gap without any competitive rugby could leave the tourists undercooked, something he feels Wales have suffered from in the past and something they are determined not to experience again.
"It has been an issue for us before having that six-week break, particularly in 2012 when we went to Australia," added Edwards.
"In the first half (of the opening Test) in Brisbane we were miles off the pace. In the second half we were all over Australia.
"Being match fit is a vital component because when you are playing Test rugby because you are hanging on by your finger nails. You need to be battle hardened and fit as a fiddle because you are playing against the world's best players.
"We're going to South Africa and that's the toughest place to go to play rugby in the world - physically it is the hardest place to play rugby. New Zealand based players are incredibly skilful etc but, for pure physicality and aggression, we're going to the hardest place in the world to play and we need to be ready.
"They are having a warm-up game against a Rest of the World side so it shows how serious they are taking it."
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.