Wales vs South Africa kick-off time, TV channel, live broadcast information and team news for the Springboks game
Wayne Pivac’s Wales welcomes world champions South Africa to the Principality Stadium on Saturday in their second of four autumn international matches.
Ravaged by injury, Wales made six changes to the starting squad which was convincingly beaten 54-16 by the All Blacks last weekend in their Autumn Nations Series opener.
South Africa haven’t won against the 2021 Six Nations champions in Cardiff since 2013, but have won 23 of the last 29 games against the Welsh – losing just six.
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Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s game:
When do Wales take on South Africa? What time is the kick-off?
Wales welcome South Africa to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 6 November. The kick is given 5:30 p.m. local time / 7:30 p.m. South African time.
What TV channel is Wales v South Africa showing on? What about live streaming?
Live coverage of Wales vs South Africa is broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, which offers commentary options in English and Welsh.
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While the streaming giant is behind a paywall, you can actually watch all of the fall rugby on Amazon for free if you time it well with a free trial. You can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime here.
Coverage will also be available for live streaming online or through the Amazon Prime Video app.
S4C will broadcast highlights from the Wales matches on the same day.
In South Africa, the game will be broadcast live on SuperSport.
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What’s up with the Wales vs South Africa team?
Wales’ game against South Africa is the first inside the official testing window, meaning England-based players have arrived as reinforcements. This means Dan Biggar, Louis Rees-Zammit and Nick Tompkins went straight into the starting lineup at the expense of Gareth Anscombe, Owen Lane and Johnny Williams respectively.
It’s six staff changes in the starting lineup in total, with Will Rowlands replacing injured Alun Wyn Jones to team up with No.6-lined Adam Beard and Ellis Jenkins in place of Ross Moriarty, who, like Jones, also needs shoulder surgery after being injured against New Zealand. This will be Jenkins’ first appearance in Wales in three years, after suffering a devastating knee injury against the same opponents in 2018. Dragons duo Taine Basham and Aaron Wainwright retain their places in 7th and 8th place respectively.
Loosehead prop Rhys Carre comes in first in place of Wyn Jones, who is on the bench, to line up alongside hooker Ryan Elias and tight head prop Tomas Francis.
Scrum-half Tomos Williams starts alongside Biggar, who won his 93rd cap in Wales, while Tompkins lines up at No.12 alongside captain Jonathan Davies. Josh Adams and Johnny McNicholl both retain their places in the bottom three, the latter doing so despite Liam Williams being deemed fit enough after appendix surgery to be named to the bench.
Elsewhere among the substitutes, Ulster hooker and South African striker Bradley Roberts is set to make his debut just a week after being called up by the team.
Tighthead mainstay WillGriff John is also in line to make his long-awaited Wales debut after being nominated to feature in the 2020 Six Nations Wales match against Scotland which was ultimately called off at the 11th hour in due to Covid.
On the visitors’ side, Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber made four changes to his Matchday 23 that beat the All Blacks in their last outing in early October.
Full-back Damian Willemse gets his fourth start, Herschel Jantjies takes part in his third test in the scrum-half jersey – succeeding the injured Faf de Klerk – while he is a partner of HandrÃ© Pollard and Jesse Kriel, usually a center, wins his 49th selection on the right to replace Sbu Nkosi, who has yet to travel to the UK while awaiting the necessary documents.
Willemse replaces Willie le Roux in a change of rotation, while the only change among the replacements is Cobus Reinach in light of Jantjies’ promotion in the starting lineup.
Wales: 15. Johnny McNicholl, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Jonathan Davies (capt), 12. Nick Tompkins, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Tomos Williams, 1. Rhys CarrÃ©, 2. Ryan Elias, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Will Rowlands, 5. Adam Beard, 6. Ellis Jenkins, 7. Taine Basham, 8. Aaron Wainwright.
Substitutes : 16. Bradley Roberts, 17. Wyn Jones, 18. WillGriff John, 19. Ben Carter, 20. Seb Davies, 21. Gareth Davies, 22. Gareth Anscombe, 23. Liam Williams.
South Africa: 15. Damian Willemse, 14. Jesse Kriel, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. HandrÃ© Pollard, 9. Herschel Jantjies, 1. Ox NchÃ©, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 3. Trevor Nyakane , 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Lood de Jager, 6. Siya Kolisi (capt), 7. Kwagga Smith, 8. Duane Vermeulen.
Substitutes: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Franco Mostert, 20. Jasper Wiese, 21. Cobus Reinach, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Frans Steyn.
What did the coaches say?
Wales Head Coach Wayne Pivac: âSouth Africa coming to town as the world champion offers a different challenge than New Zealand. different challenge.
âIt’s a big test game and we have to get what we think is the best team. We are looking forward to having this team this weekend and it will be really interesting to see how we are doing.
âThere is a lot of experience in the peloton now and with what is going to happen in terms of the South African peloton, with their experience, it’s going to be a huge challenge for our boys and it will be interesting to see that escalate.
“The position on the pitch in this game is going to be huge, with the scrum coming and the rosters training, so we have to make sure we’re smart in the way we play the game.”
South Africa Head Coach Jacques Nienaber: âWe have selected this team with the aim of maintaining consistency in the selection for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, but at the same time to give players who have been knocking on the door for some time now an opportunity to play.
“Wales are a quality team, and this will present an exciting opportunity for all of these players to make their mark in what is a very important test to set the tone for this tour, and also in the run-up to the Cup. rugby world.
“Wales are a tough team to beat and our record here over the past few years is proof of that.
âWe also beat them in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, so we know it will be a tough task for a test.
âThey might have lost to the All Blacks last week (54-16) but that result came in the absence of a number of key players, so this week will be a completely different proposition.
“They have a formidable pack of equally experienced and high caliber attackers and backline players, several of whom have played for the British and Irish Lions, and to add to that they will be playing in the cool and possibly wet conditions in which they will play. are well suited., so we know what lies ahead.
“Having said that, we had a good training camp in France last week and some of the overseas-based players were in action for their clubs so the players are back in the thick of it and excited about it. idea to come back to the field. “