Welsh South Africa tour schedule: Key dates and venues as Wayne Pivac’s men take on Springboks
Wales will tour South Africa this summer for the first time in eight years as the Dragons aim to put a disappointing final year behind them.
Shortly after their Six Nations triumph in 2021, three wins from seven internationals, against Canada, Fiji and Australia, set the tone for Wayne Pivac’s side to struggle in 2022.
A narrow win over Scotland was the Six Nations’ only wave of excitement as they lost the other four games, including a shock 22-21 loss to Italy in Cardiff.
With a World Cup on the horizon in 2023, Pivac must relaunch their players in the next 12 months if they are to make an impact in France.
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Who are Wales playing against on their 2022/23 summer tour?
Wales will play three Tests against hosts South Africa on their summer tour.
It will be their first tour of the country since 2014 and their first away series since beating Argentina 2-0 four years ago.
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) June 22, 2022
Wales have faced the Springboks a total of 37 times, losing 30 of those matches to the reigning world champions. They lost all 10 tests in South Africa.
What are the key dates for Wales?
Wales are due to travel to South Africa on June 25, ahead of a week-long training camp, before playing three games in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.
|Date||Time (BST)||Time (AEST)||Time (ET)||Venue|
|Sat. July 2||4:05 p.m.||1:05 (July 3)||11:05 a.m.||Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria|
|Sat. July 9||4:05 p.m.||1:05 (July 10)||11:05 a.m.||Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein|
|Sat 16 July||4:05 p.m.||1:05 (July 17)||11:05 a.m.||DHL Stadium, Cape Town|
Line-ups South Africa vs Wales, first test
Salmane Moerat and Elright Louw could make their debut on the bench for the Springboks, for whom Eben Etzebeth will win his 98th cap.
Siya Kolissi side captains, with Faf de Klerk at No. 9 and Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi on the wings.
Composition of South Africa: Damiam Willemse, Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk; Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese.
Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steve Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Salmaan Moerat, Elright Louw, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Willie le Roux.
Flanker Tommy Refell will earn his first senior cap for Wales, while Dan Lydiate and George North are back for their first international appearances since the 2021 Six Nations.
Composition of Wales: Liam Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Kieran Hardy; Gareth Thomas, Ryan Elias, Dillon Lewis, Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Dan Lydiate, Tommy Refell, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Dewi Lake, Rhys Carre, Tomas Francis, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, Tomos Williams, Gareth Ascombe, Owen Watkin.
What is Wales’ tour record in South Africa?
Wales’ first tour of the Southern Hemisphere in 1964 saw them lose a single Test to South Africa 24-3 in Durban.
They didn’t play in South Africa again until 1995, suffering a 40-11 defeat at Ellis Park just three months after being knocked out of the World Cup group stage at the same stadium.
Further tours of the country, in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2014, ended miserably for Wales, who lost all 10 of their Test matches to the Springboks.
On this day in 1995…
Nelson Mandela presented South Africa captain Francois Pienaar with the World Cup trophy after a 15-12 win over New Zealand 🏆 pic.twitter.com/yxeI3sNEl1
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) June 24, 2018
The 1995 World Cup was Wales’ only other major clash in South Africa, but they lost to New Zealand and Ireland in the pool stage, as the hosts beat the Kiwis in the final .
How are Wales currently ranked in the tests?
Following a poor season, Wales have dropped down the table, having finished sixth at this stage in 2021.
A terrible comeback in the Six Nations saw them demoted to ninth place, and they have remained there ever since. South Africa remains at the top of the ranking.
Rugby Union World Ranking (as of 25 June 2022)
How to watch the Wales tour in South Africa
|Diffusion||Sky Sports, Flo Rugby||Flo Rugby||Flo Rugby||Flo Rugby, Stan Sport|
UK: Matches are shown on Sky Sports streaming and television platforms.
USA/Canada/Australia: Streaming is available on Flo Rugby, which is available through the Flo Sports app and Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Apple TV.
Viewers can also subscribe to Stan Sport, which offers a seven-day free trial.