Wales have confirmed an extra date to their autumn series of internationals and will face South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on November 6.
It will be the Springboks' first Test against Wales - who finished fourth in the 2004 RBS 6 Nations competition - in Cardiff since their 23-13 victory in 2000.
The additional game means Mike Ruddock's team undertake a demanding schedule of four games in 21 days in November, with Romania, New Zealand and Japan also to be faced.
But the new Wales coach insists he is looking forward to the challenges.
"I am really excited because the quality of opposition is superb,'' he said.
"This extra fixture is a real bonus and will give all of us, coaches and players alike, the chance to assess ourselves against the best teams in the world.
"We already have an incredibly challenging summer tour with two Tests in Argentina and one in South Africa. Now we have a wonderfully balanced autumn series to look forward to at the Millennium Stadium.''
The Welsh Rugby Union feel they have pulled off a major coup in attracting two of the southern hemisphere big guns to Cardiff this autumn.
"This will be the first time since 1996 that Wales will face two SANZA nations in the autumn international period,'' said WRU chief executive David Moffett.
"Eight years ago we met Australia and South Africa in December, but this will be a first for Welsh fans at the Millennium Stadium.
"The four-match series will provide Mike Ruddock, his players and the Welsh fans with a fantastic month of challenging action.
"It is vitally important that the Welsh players test themselves against the best in the world and by bringing both the All Blacks and the Springboks to the Millennium Stadium we believe we are giving them the perfect opportunity to improve.''
Ruddock, who opens his reign with a fixture against the Barbarians in Bristol on May 26, has also confirmed the make-up of his backroom team.
Clive Griffiths has been appointed defence coach, joining skills chief Scott Johnson and conditioning coach Andrew Hore.
"I'm really pleased with this team,'' added Ruddock.
"It's very strong and at this level you need that. Gone are the days when one man can have all the answers. You need specialists in place.''
The former Swansea and Leinster coach has reaffirmed that Wales want their leading players to play their rugby at home, rather than follow the lead of Stephen Jones and Gareth Thomas, who will be playing for Montferrand and Toulouse respectively next season.
"My principle is that we want to keep all our best players within the Welsh regions if possible,'' added Ruddock.
After Ireland's heroic big-game hunt of the Springboks and Scotland's six-try runaround of the Pumas, the challenge of engineering the most spectacular win of the autumn series now falls on Wales, writes Peter Jackson.