Allen hopes to revisit success
Wales centre Cory Allen hopes his latest trip to South Africa proves as successful as his previous visits.
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The Cardiff Blues three-quarter, 21, will look to help Warren Gatland's men get their tour off to a winning start when he lines up against the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
Wales have had little to shout about on previous visits to the Highveld, but Allen is one of the few men in the current squad to have claimed a major victory on Springbok soil.
That came two years ago when Allen - as well as fellow senior squad call-ups Matthew Morgan, Samson Lee and Dan Baker - was part of the Wales Under-20s side who defeated their New Zealand counterparts at the Junior World Championship.
It marked the first time New Zealand had lost a game in that age-grade, and Allen is out to make history again as Wales seek a first win over South Africa on the Springboks own turf.
He said: "Things have tended to go well for me out here. I played in the Junior World Championships out here and in the Sevens tournament.
"It is a lovely country and it is great to be back. I have some great memories, the greatest probably being when we beat the Baby All Blacks which, was an amazing achievement.
"We would like there to be more memories to savour on this trip too. That's what we are aiming for."
Allen made his Test debut in November against Argentina, and impressed before suffering a dislocated shoulder which wrecked his season.
But his performance in trying circumstances as part of the Possibles line-up in the recent national trial match secured his place on the plane.
He will once again line-up with fly-half James Hook and Steven Shingler on his inside, and hopes they will spend more time on the front foot than they did just over a week ago.
"We did not get much ball in the trial, particularly in the first half," he said.
"In the second half it started to open up a bit and that is when the boys put their hands up like Matthew Morgan at full-back.
"James is a very experienced fly-half with over 70 caps, then you look at our back three with Matthew, Alex Cuthbert and Jordan Williams and it is very exciting so we will be looking to throw it around a bit, but not get away from the gameplan.
"This game sets the tone for the rest of the trip, we want to get it under our belts and play well. We need to get the win and hopefully score a few tries.
"Morale will be very important on this trip, especially ahead of the first Test against South Africa. You need all the momentum you can get when you are playing these southern hemisphere teams."