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Shingler hoping to impress

Aaron Shingler hopes to get the chance to shine in front of Wales coach Warren Gatland during their trip to South Africa.

The Scarlets back-row is one of a number of players who could take over from the absent Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric in their two-Test series against the Springboks later this month.

Gatland has named a 32-man squad which includes no specialist open-side flankers but Shingler, Josh Turnbull and potentially Dan Lydiate offer him selection options.

Shingler impressed in the Probables v Possibles match in Swansea last week and he hopes that will put him in pole position, despite knowing how tough it will be to impress against one of the world's top sides.

"Following Sam and Justin is tough, and I guess people will compare me to those two because they have both done well in past years," said Shingler, who has seven caps.

"It's going to be difficult, but if I am selected I will try to do myself justice by playing my game. It could be a slightly different game out there, which could suit me more.

"Of course, it will be a challenge for us against South Africa's back-row.

"They have a good, powerful and physical unit, but we have good players in our squad as well.

"Is it a chance of a lifetime for me? I am probably viewing it like that. I've not played for Wales for a while, so I am happy to get an opportunity out there - it's going to be a hell of a battle.

"The key against South Africa is to meet the physical challenge. It's going to be tough, but for me, it's a great challenge.

"If we do well, it is going to be a hell of a high because it's probably one of the toughest tours out there."