Scarlets outside half Stephen Jones says the Magners League dominated British & Irish Lions are "in a good place" ahead of their three Test series with the Springboks
Jones made his international debut against the Springboks in 1998, but has yet to beat them in eight outings. Now he is chasing a double first - beating the Boks and winning a Test with the British & Irish Lions.
Jones got the nod over Ronan O'Gara for the first Test in Durban, as he did for the three games in New Zealand four years ago, and can't wait to chase his twin goals.
"It has been a wonderful tour so far. We've worked hard and been successful, but the real challenge starts tomorrow. It is going to be a big challenge because we are playing the world champions," said Jones.
"It is going to be a very physical game and the contact area is going to be tough. Our preparation has been fantastic. We have a wonderful squad of players here, but it is all about winning and that's the goal.
"We are a team that only came together four weeks ago but we have gathered momentum, got better as the tour has progressed and we are in a good place at the moment. I think they will stick to their simplistic game plan, but we are happy with where we are at.
"It is hugely important to win the first test, it is as simple as that. It is our first chance to show how good we are and it is about us doing that.
"It is a massive game for us. We have to be clever how we play, but it is all about winning and this is our first opportunity.
"The amount of support we've got out here is fantastic and it might seem like a home game for us here in Durban."
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.