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."
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.