The famous All Whites club are having a season to forget.
A good win over powerful Irish province Ulster aside, Swansea have been in poor form, culminating in the embarrassing 6-62 thumping by Llanelli at Stradey Park.
Australian coach John Connolly has brought in compatriots Sam Cordingley (scrum-half) and Andrew Farley (lock), but progress has been slow.
Swansea are skippered by Wales and Lions centre Scott Gibbs, who with Mark Taylor provides one of the strongest midfield pairings in Europe.
Their experience marshalling the backline will be important to the All Whites this season.
Equally important is the form of fly-halves Arwel Thomas and Gavin Henson, who are both match-winners on their day.
Wales captain Colin Charvis leads by example, but Swansea's tight five has struggled in early season matches and has been further rocked by the forced retirement of Wales veteran Garin Jenkins.
Swansea only just made it into Heineken Cup rugby this season- qualifying by virtue of their fifth place finish in last season's Welsh Scottish League.
This is Swansea's sixth Heineken Cup foray. In the inaugural season they made it to the semi-finals, and in 2000/1 season they made it to the last eight, but qualifying for the knockout stages is more than most St. Helens fans will expect this season.
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Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
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.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
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.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series