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."
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'.