Twickenham to host clash between Wales and South Africa in June

The one-off Test will be played on 22nd June
The one-off Test will be played on 22nd June

Twickenham will host the one-off Test between Wales and South Africa which will be played on 22nd June.

The fixture - which will also be a repeat of the 2015 World Cup quarter-final clash - will also mark the first game for the Springboks since Rassie Erasmus returned as head coach following their 2023 World Cup triumph.

Following the game, South Africa will be hosting Ireland in a two-match series on 6th and 13th July followed by a first home game against Portugal in Bloemfontein while Wales will be heading to Australia for their summer series in Sydney and Melbourne.

"We are thrilled to return to Twickenham in what will mark our first Test since the Rugby World Cup final in France," said Erasmus.

"We have very fond memories of the RWC 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.

"Playing against Wales, who we have faced there before in an exhilarating 2015 Rugby World Cup 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, as we saw last year where most of the supporters donned green and gold, so we are really looking forward to the match."

Meanwhile, Wales head coach Warren Gatland expressed the delight of facing the Boks in the iconic Twickenham Stadium.

"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," Gatland said in a statement.

"We know the Wallabies will be hurting after the 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."