After a horrific Six Nations campaign, Wales will be looking to redeem themselves this summer with a 3 part showdown against world cup champions South Africa this summer.
As redemption arcs go, it doesn’t get much tougher than to face a side consisting of the likes of Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, and Siya Kolisi among a whole team of world-class superstars.
Guarding the South African backline will be relative newcomer Damian Willemse. With just 15 caps to his name, the speedy fullback keeps the experienced Willie Le Roux behind him on the bench.
Now playing his rugby in Japan for Toyota Verblitz, Le Roux will be able to provide world-class cover at both full-back and fly-half should he be needed.
To clarify just the sheer quality that Le Roux carries with him, have a look at his perfect performance in Durban back in 2014:
The first test starts on Saturday 2nd July, and the Springboks have pulled no punches with their team selection:
With the Welsh starting team yet to be announced, it will certainly be interesting to see who Wayne Pivac chooses to try and break through one of the world’s greatest defences.