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Wales will take on South Africa in a ‘home’ fixture at Twickenham – with Taylor Swift and Foo Fighters concerts meaning Warren Gatland’s side can NOT play at the Principality Stadium

Wales will take on South Africa in a ‘home’ fixture at Twickenham – with Taylor Swift and Foo Fighters concerts meaning Warren Gatland’s side can NOT play at the Principality Stadium
Wales will take on South Africa in a ‘home’ fixture at Twickenham – with Taylor Swift and Foo Fighters concerts meaning Warren Gatland’s side can NOT play at the Principality Stadium


  • Warren Gatland’s side will take on World Cup winners South Africa on June 22nd 
  • Wales will play the ‘home’ fixture at Twickenham due to a scheduling clash 
  • Taylor Swift and the Foo Fighters are playing at the Principality Stadium in June

Wales have confirmed they will take on back-to-back World Cup winners South Africa at Twickenham on June 22 before heading on a two-Test tour of Australia this summer. 

Their traditional Principality Stadium is not available for rugby this summer because of concerts, with Taylor Swift playing at the ground on June 18 and the Foo Fighters on June 25. 

Meanwhile, the Springboks lifted rugby’s biggest prize in France last year, the success following their global glory in Japan in 2019.

Rassie Erasmus’ side are statistically the best team on the planet right now.

Warren Gatland’s Wales will be in for a tough challenge when they meet South Africa for a game which will be played with the Qatar Airways Cup on the line.

 Wales have been forced to relocate for their ‘home’ stadium due for their upcoming clash

Wales have confirmed they will take on World Cup winners South Africa at Twickenham

Wales have confirmed they will take on World Cup winners South Africa at Twickenham

After facing South Africa, Wales will then fly to Australia for matches against the Wallabies in Sydney and Melbourne on July 6 and July 13 respectively.

WALES SUMMER TOUR FIXTURES

South Africa vs Wales – June 22 (Twickenham)

Australia vs Wales – July 6 (Allianz Stadium, Sydney)

Australia vs Wales – July 13 (AAMI Park, Melbourne)

The Wales and South Africa game at Twickenham will precede Fiji facing the Barbarians with fans set to be treated to an impressive fixture double header at the home of English rugby.

‘I’m incredibly excited about the fixture list for Wales this summer,’ said Gatland.

‘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 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 the 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.’

The Wales and South Africa match will take place outside World Rugby’s designated international window and is also on the same day as the United Rugby Championship (URC) final.

Taylor Swift and the Foo Fighters will be performing at the Principality Stadium in June

Taylor Swift and the Foo Fighters will be performing at the Principality Stadium in June 

South African and Welsh domestic teams play in the URC so both sides could be without key players.

South Africa hammered New Zealand at Twickenham last summer to lift the Qatar Airways Cup in a game which saw them warm-up for their World Cup defence.

Springbok head coach Erasmus said: ‘We are thrilled to return to Twickenham in what will mark our first Test since the World Cup 2023 final in France.

‘We have very fond memories of the warm-up Test we played against the All Blacks at Twickenham last year. The atmosphere and occasion were truly remarkable.

‘We are expecting a very similar experience in June.

South Africa hammered New Zealand at Twickenham last summer to lift the Qatar Airways Cup in a game which saw them warm-up for their World Cup defence

South Africa hammered New Zealand at Twickenham last summer to lift the Qatar Airways Cup in a game which saw them warm-up for their World Cup defence

‘The fact that we’re facing Wales, who we have faced there before in an exhilarating World Cup 2015 quarter-final, will bring back plenty of other memories as well.

‘We may be playing on foreign territory, but we enjoy fantastic support from the expat community in London and its surrounds. We are really looking forward to the match.’

General admission tickets go on sale from Friday 23 February at 10am – visit Ticketmaster, Ticketek or RFU to secure your seat. 

Each ticket will cover entry for both South Africa vs Wales (K.O. 2pm) and Barbarians vs Fiji (K.O. 5.15pm) on Saturday 22 June, starting from just £55* for Adults and £28* for Under-16s. For a 10% discount on groups of 10 or more, please visit www.eticketing.co.uk/rfu/events.

Written by bourbiza mohamed

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