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Wales to face Springboks at Twickenham in International double header

Warren Gatland’s Wales team will face World Champions South Africa this Summer at Twickenham, as part of a blockbuster international double header .

The match, which will be the 43rd time the sides have faced each other, will act as a curtain raiser for the following Barbarians game against Fiji on the 22nd of June. The Wales vs South Africa game will kick-off at 2pm, with the Barbarians vs Fiji getting underway at 5pm.

This game will be the first time South Africa see action since their victorious World Cup campaign last year.

Speaking on the test match, Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus said: “We are thrilled to return to Twickenham in what will mark our first Test since the Rugby World Cup final in France.”

He added: “We have very fond memories of the RWC 23 warm-up Test we played against the All Blacks at Twickenham last year. The atmosphere
and occasion were truly remarkable, and we are expecting a very similar experience in June.”
 
“The fact that we’re facing Wales, who we have faced there before in an exhilarating Rugby World Cup 2015 Quarter-final, will bring back plenty of other memories as well.
 

His counterpart, Warren Gatland, also expressed his excitement at the prospect of facing the World Champions: “I’m incredibly excited about the fixture list for Wales this summer.”

“To have the opportunity for our young squad to test itself against the world champions at a neutral venue is an extremely important experience and something that we will relish. It should also be a great occasion for the fans and something a little bit different for them.

“We’re also excited for the opportunity we have with our two Tests in Australia in July. We know the Wallabies will be hurting after Rugby World Cup but Australia is a tough place to go and play rugby and we’re expecting a fired up side led by new head coach Joe Schmidt.”

How to book tickets for Wales vs South Africa

Tickets will go on general sale from 10am on Friday 23 February via Ticketmaster, Ticketek and the RFU.

Both Wales vs South Africa and Barbarians vs Fiji are included in a match-day ticket, and prices start at £55 for adults and £28 for under-16s.