The WRU have confirmed that Wales will take part in a historic Test match in Washington DC this summer.
Warren Gatland’s men will take on a struggling Springboks in the US capital on June 2 before heading to Argentina for the first time since 2006, where they will play the Pumas in two Tests on successive weekends in San Juan and Santa Fe.
The ground-breaking evening fixture which will be held at the RFK Stadium and will see Wales become the second of the home nations to play an important Test in the US in recent years following Ireland’s breathtaking win over Chicago in November 2016.
Gatland, who would have been disappointed with how his 100th game in charge of the national team over the weekend, was clearly pleased to have secured the fixture against a team who they have beaten in their last two matches:
“We are really pleased to add a third fixture to our summer tour schedule and we hope it will be another great Test match between ourselves and the Springboks.”
The head coach also pointed out how crucial games against the other top nations were, as we build ever closer to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
“This summer is a vital period for us as we continue the countdown to the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and another fixture helps us along the way in our preparation and enables us to test ourselves further”.
The Test will be South Africa’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus’s first match in charge of the Boks, following Allister Coetzee’s sacking at the start of this month and after it was announced that he would take up the coaching reins through to next year’s World Cup.
And the former Munster Director of Rugby will be looking for a big reaction from his men in what should be another tight affair between the two sides, in a match which will help Erasmus and his men prepare for their three-match home series against England, which will start the following weekend in Johannesburg.