Tom Shanklin speaks to BBC Sport’s Gareth Charles in the lead-up to the first test between Wales and South Africa.
We’ve trained for about a month now so I think everyone’s a little bit sick of training – we’d just rather get out and play South Africa on Saturday.
They’ve looked after us really well. We’ve had a couple of nice days off, which has been good, but now we’re training pretty hard.
We’ve trained hard now for the last month so we’re definitely out here to win.
I’ll be looking at my opposite man Adrian Jacobs a fair bit
The South Africans have named their team now so it’s good to finally know what we’re expecting because we named ours pretty early.
The early selection has helped us because it allows you to know who to work with. You can relax a bit a little bit about selection and just look after yourself.
But there’s a fair bit of analysis to do now on the Springboks. A lot of individual stuff and looking at your opponent.
For me, I’ll be looking at Adrian Jacobs a fair bit. He hasn’t played for South Africa since 2003, so our head of performance Rhys Long tells me, so I’ll have to do a fair bit on that.
What we do know about the Springboks is that they will be physical, they’ll be good at the set-piece but it’s probably going to be a little be a bit of trial for them as well.
They’ve only got five players who started in the World Cup playing for them this week so you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them.
But what we do know is that it’s going to be a physical battle.
Obviously, Gavin Henson is injured and we’ve had a ood record together in the centre, but it’s great playing alongside Sonny Parker as we’ve played together before so everything should be fine.
We’re two fairly big guys so I think that getting across the gain-line is important for us and that’s what we’ve got to produce.
Our defensive record is a huge part of our game and it’s involved in everything that we do.
We only conceded two tries in the whole of the Six Nations, the fewest ever, and that’s a good record to set. We’re proud people and we’ve got to make sure we continue that record and limit South Africa’s scoring chances – if we give them any at all.
Our record out here isn’t fantastic, by any means, but I think this has got to be the best chance we’ve had for a while to win out here.
We’re coming on the back of something brilliant that we achieved in the Six Nations but we’ve got to make sure that we go on from that. We can’t just leave it there.
We’ve got a few injuries but I think this is great chance for us and I’m just excited now for the game.
This is as big a stage as you can get. Everyone’s billing it as the Six Nations champions against the World Champions.
But that means we have to make sure we perform as champions.