Ryan Jones insists Wales' future is bright as the second-string Dragons started their North America tour with a free-scoring win over Canada.
Wales were without 13 regulars touring South Africa with the British Lions but they still proved to be too strong for the Canucks in Toronto.
Skipper Jones, who may have not done enough to impress Ian McGeechan for inclusion in the Lions squad, led from the front as young Cardiff Blues wings Tom James and Chris Czekaj scored tries in either half at York University.
And he believes Wales are now laying the foundations for future greatness after caretaker coach Robin McBryde awarded four new caps.
Jones said: "It was a special occasion for many of the lads and they can be proud of the way they performed.
"In the short term, the new players stepped into some pretty big shoes to fill and gave a very good account of themselves.
"It's not easy when you pull on the red jersey for the first time because you have no experience to grow up on.
"We only had six training sessions together but the young guys will be better and stronger as they gain more experience in this environment. They can only go from strength to strength.
"We've got five days now to bin this game and move on. We've got another tough Test against the USA to come and both the Lions game and Canada showed there are no easy games."
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
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