Paul James appeared in all five games for Wales at the 2014 RBS 6 Nations
Paul James admits Wales will have to keep a lid on his Bath teammate Francois Louw as South Africa welcome Warren Gatland's men for the first Test in Durban on Saturday evening.
James and Louw are usually part of the same pack but will be on opposing sides this weekend as Wales look to avenge their 24-15 defeat to the Springboks in last year's autumn internationals.
And the two-Test series presents the first chance for Wales to bounce back from the 2014 RBS 6 Nations, after two defeats saw them relinquish their crown to Ireland.
Loosehead James believes the key will not only be to keep an eye on Louw in the back-row, but for Wales' flankers to step up in the absence of captain Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric.
"Frans has not been in touch yet but I can tell you he is going to have a bit of Welsh banter off me soon," James told the Daily Express. "I'm sure the texts will be flying round so he might want to steer clear of his phone.
"I've really enjoyed playing with him. He is world class and a real leader so he will be one for us to watch. "Keeping him quiet will be a big part of the series.
"We are missing guys in the back-row but the guys we have out here have been playing well all season and are relishing the opportunity."
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