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 Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
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A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
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The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.