CARDIFF- The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) are delighted that its national team will face the Springboks in one Test match in American soil.
The announcement was confirmed on Monday, as Wales will face South Africa in Washington DC on the 2nd of June.
“This is an exciting fixture for the WRU and for the national squad. It enables us to add a third fixture into the squad’s schedule as they continue with their preparations for the 2019 RWC and for the union it is a great opportunity to showcase Wales and our game in the capital of the United States,” Welsh Rugby Union Group CEO Martyn Phillips told the WRU’s official website.
The USA Rugby’s commercial firm, Rugby International Marketing (RIM) promoting the match said, “The opportunity to expand the already great Welsh support base and Welsh brand is very exciting for us as especially in such a large demographic and audience as the US
“We have long standing links with the US with our partner Under Armour and it is great we are able to stage a match just down the road from their main facility in Baltimore.”
“We would like to thank RIM for staging and promoting the fixture and we are looking forward to kicking off the summer tour in Washington DC.”
Carwyn Jones First Minister of Wales added, “It was fantastic to be with the South African Ambassador to the US, Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, to announce this exciting fixture between our two great countries.
“Wales and the Springboks have a huge global fan base and I am confident this clash of titans at Washington’s world famous RFK stadium will help raise the profile of rugby in America. I, for one, can’t wait until June 2.”
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