Paul James featured in all five of Wales' RBS 6 Nations matches this year
Wales prop Paul James is relishing the chance to test himself against the very best ahead of the summer tour to South Africa.
The Bath front rower, who will be in action in the European Challenge Cup final against Northampton in Cardiff on Friday, has 53 international caps, having appeared in all five of Wales' RBS 6 Nations matches this year.
Throughout this season, James has been among the stand-out looseheads in the English Premiership but on the international stage he must compete with Gethin Jenkins, who has 105 Wales caps to his name.
But James is hoping he gets a chance against the Springboks as Wales seek a first Test win in South Africa.
"They say South Africa's the toughest place to go and play on tour and as a professional that's where I want to be tested, against the best and in the toughest places," said James.
"If I'm selected, I'll really look forward to that one."
James also believes that Bath teammate Gavin Henson would be worthy of a return to the Wales set-up, following an impressive first season at the Rec.
"Gavin has come in here this season and his leadership and the way he has performed has been great," he added.
"He's getting back to the Gav of old, who we know can win games and is world-class. I don't see why he doesn't deserve a chance."
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