The prospect of playing in front of 60,000 fans at Loftus Versfeld is something that has fired up the Springboks says No 8 Jasper Wiese.
Wiese is hoping to carry his excellent club form over into the international arena as he returns to South Africa for the first time since the Rugby Championship Test against the Pumas.
His physicality has lit up the Premier League and Wiese is now seen as the long-term successor to Duane Vermeulen.
Jasper Wiese relishing prospect of packed Loftus
Wiese said he hopes to make the jersey his own through this series against Wales.
“I hope I can take my form into the Test matches. With fans back into stadiums and restrictions having been relaxed a bit, it definitely helps us a team a bit more,” he said.
“I want to take the opportunity this weekend and hopefully make the most of it. I will do everything to the best of my ability for the team. When you have about 60,000 people cheering you on in the stadiums helps a lot.
“Obviously you want to put your name on the jersey and make it your own, but with the quality in the squad at the moment, it is difficult. It is big competition with guys like Kwagga Smith, Eben Etzebeth and Elrigh.
“They are all very good players, as you have seen in all the competitions they have played. I will try to do my best for the team and hopefully the results will speak for themselves.
“The quality we have among loose forwards is so high that if you don’t perform someone is going to take your spot. You can’t sit back and think the position is yours. You have to continuously work hard to keep your position.”
Would the Springboks have come calling?
Wiese doesn’t feel there is much point in speculating on whether he would have been selected had he not joined Leicester ahead of the 2020/21 season.
“It is a difficult question to answer and you are putting me in a corner. It is difficult to say whether I could have been here with the Springboks if I didn’t go overseas. I can’t go back and change whatever happened.
“Everyone who is here goes through a selection process and at the end it is the call of the coaches to make, but if you are playing well in Japan, England, France or SA the coaches will see the hard work you put in.”