There are no 13 Ospreys in the new national coach’s first selection this time — that really would be a step too far, given how the Liberty men have started the season.
Warren Gatland famously went there with his pick to face England in 2008.
It marked him down as his own man, a coach who was prepared to do things his way and not lose a moment’s sleep over what others think.
Wayne Pivac? He has looked to his old region the Scarlets for the core of his team.
He has named seven players from out west in his starting line-up and it’s hard to dispute too many of the choices.
Thirteen of the starting line-up featured at the World Cup, with only Jarrod Evans and Johnny McNicholl coming in from the outside.
MARK ORDERS looks at the main talking points from Pivac's first team announcement...
A NEW WING KING
When Wales began under Graham Henry they were transformed by the sudden availability early in his reign of New Zealanders Shane Howarth and Brett Sinkinson and the reappearance in these parts of Peter Rogers, a front rower who had previously played hooker for Maesteg and Glamorgan Wanderers, went to South Africa and returned as a power-scrummaging 19st prop.
Throw in another set-piece strongman in Garin Jenkins, add a liberal sprinkling of Henry magic into the mix, with a twist of extra self-belief among the players, and you have some of the key ingredients for the golden period Welsh rugby enjoyed in the year or so up to the 1999 World Cup.
OK, subsequent events showed that Howarth and Sinkinson shouldn’t actually have been playing.
But, still, he and Howarth contributed hugely to all those Welsh wins.
There is absolutely no doubt that Johnny McNicholl has the paperwork in place to pull on the red jersey, with the Scarlet having served out a residency period to properly qualify for his adopted country.
The Kiwi is an entertainer with an eye for business, a box-office player who scores lots of tries. If there have been questions about his defence, he would not be the first wing in these parts to have such posers levelled at him.
From here, his potency in attack looks potentially transformative for the Wales back division, whether he starts at full-back or wing.
True, he might test the nerves of the risk-averse.
But his selection is a statement of intent from Wayne Pivac.
The Wales mix out wide when George North returns will be intriguing.
No one’s place is assured any more.
TIPS LANDS THE ARMBAND
The captaincy looked a straightforward choice between Ken Owens and Justin Tipuric for this game, with Pivac opting to throw the armband to Tipuric.
It’s the chance for the Ospreys skipper to show Wales’ new coach he can excel when it comes to leading a side.
He had the challenge during the World Cup of skippering a mix-and-match team against Uruguay that Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones, Martin Johnson, Richie McCaw, John Eales and possibly Winston Churchill rolled into one would have struggled to inspire.
But Tipuric is hugely valued for his on-pitch leadership at the Ospreys and commands the respect of his Wales team-mates, too.
He knows he will be able to rely on Owens to galvanise the front five this weekend.
Just maybe, Tipuric could be the man to take over the leadership after Alun Wyn Jones' days are finally done as a Test player. Such a turn of events may not happen for a while yet and nothing is certain in sport, but keep an eye on Tipuric the captain of Wales.
It could be something we see a lot more of.
WAINWRIGHT STARTS AT No. 8.
A couple of years ago this youngster was still making his way in the game, amid few fanfares.
But he has seized every chance that has come his way and returned from the World Cup with many predicting a huge future for him.
Is he a No. 8? We haven’t seen enough of him in that role, and let’s be honest, were Taulupe Faletau available, he wouldn’t be wearing that particular jersey at the weekend.
But his all-action game would have demanded consideration for a place elsewhere. He is a player who isn’t fazed by reputations and seems able to produce big moments when they are needed: recall his try against France at the World Cup and his counter-rucking that helped produce Wales’ first touchdown against Australia.
'Dynamic' is an adjective that does Wainwright justice.
He will want to put down a marker against the Baa-baas to the new coach.
WILLIAMS IS GIVEN THE SHIRT AT SCRUM-HALF
How significant is the selection of Tomos Williams at No. 9 ahead of Gareth Davies we will have to wait and see.
It could be that Wayne Pivac simply thinks the sparky and inventive Cardiff Blues man will prove the better fit for a game against the Barbarians.
Or it could be that he has seen something in Williams that he truly likes.
Whatever, there is all to play when it comes to the Wales scrum-half shirt.
Davies started the World Cup with strong displays against Georgia and Australia, when his creativity, pace and opportunism triggered Wales in attack.
Some still criticise his game control, but overall he could be pleased with his efforts in Japan.
Williams performed well off the bench in virtually every game that he was used as a replacement. His challenge is to show he can make a mark as a starter.
That’s the way to impress a new coach.
He should consider this a decent opportunity.
A CHANGE AT NO. 10
How big a chance, too, is this for Jarrod Evans?
The Cardiff Blues 10 is a gifted footballer who has skill and pace to spare.
Pivac will also want to see evidence that he can run a game.
His only start for Wales to date saw him misfire over 40 minutes before being subbed by Warren Gatland in the World Cup warm-up against Ireland in Cardiff.
But his enterprise, passing and running are of a high order and he will add to the attacking threats in Pivac's team.
Wales haven't favoured his sort of fly-half in a long time.
But he has a lot of quality about him.
It will be fascinating to see how he does against the Barbarians.
Like McNicholl, his style of play could change things for Wales.