Wales will travel to South Africa next summer for three series of tests against world champions Springboks.
The news was revealed by head coach Wayne Pivac as he outlined his team’s schedule ahead of the 2023 World Cup.
It will be the first time Wales have toured South Africa since 2014 when they came temptingly close to a first test win in the country during a cliffhanger competition in Nelspruit.
You’ve had a number of titanic skirmishes with the springboks over the past few years.
There have been four wins in a row over her, sandwiched between two narrow knockout defeats at the World Cup.
Next year’s tour will be the culmination of a hectic time for the Welsh team at Pivac.
They have three games against Canada and Argentina at Principality Stadium next month, where some new faces get a chance, with five unaffiliated players in the squad.
This is followed by autumn tests at home in New Zealand, the Springboks, Australia and Fiji.
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Then comes the defense of their six-nation title ahead of the trip to South Africa, which will be a return visit for some players traveling there with the Lions this summer.
Looking ahead, Pivac said, “We have a pretty heavy fall series if you can only imagine.
“Then we’ll have six nations where we’re obviously trying to defend a title, and then three tests in South Africa.
“So if you look at the next 12 months, this summer is the time to build the extra depth that is needed.”