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South Africa vs. Wales: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Rugby Preview

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 10: Alex Cuthbert of Wales in action during the Incoming Tour match between EP Kings and Wales at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 10, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

Recently dethroned Six Nations champions Wales have travelled to the southern hemisphere to take on the mighty South Africa in the first of two Test matches in as many weeks.

The games will be held on successive Saturdays with the first Test taking place in Durban.

Both teams are missing key players as Wales prepare to cope without British and Irish Lions stars Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton.

Here is how you can watch this classic Test match encounter:

When: Saturday, 14 June, at 4 p.m. BST (11 a.m. ET)

Where: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban, South Africa.

TV: Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports 1 HD (U.K. only) 

Live Stream: Sky Go (U.K. only) 

 

Matthew Rees Returns For Wales

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 24:  Wales forward Matthew Rees runs into the All Blacks defence during the International Match between Wales and New Zealand at Millennium Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Former Wales skipper Matthew Rees will make an emotional return for Wales after being included in the touring squad following treatment for testicular cancer.

The 33-year-old has 33 caps to his name since making his international debut in 2005, per BBC Sport.

Rees joined Cardiff Blues this season after eight years with Scarlets but his campaign was halted in difficult circumstances after his diagnosis in October 2013. 

However, he returned to his club side in March and has since made a big enough impact to force his way back into international contention.

Rees took to his Twitter account to thank the fans for all the support he had been shown:

Rees featured in Wales' warm-up victory against Eastern Province Kings on Tuesday—a 34-12 win for the tourists, as reported on by BBC Sport.

His return created a tidal wave of jubilant support, with many of rugby's biggest names publicly congratulating the player. Welsh legend Halfpenny led the tributes:

Rees' quick return to the fold will be of great inspiration to his team-mates ahead of the Test series in South Africa.

With several experienced Welsh campaigners not being able to make the tour due to injury, Rees will be looked towards for leadership and guidance.

Welsh coach Warren Gatland will need the forward's experience at this level to help make this series full-blooded and competitive.

 

New Faces For South Africa

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 09: Dr Craig Roberts Team Doctor of South Africa with John McFarland Defence Coach of South Africa during the South African National rugby team press conference at Kashmir Restaurant  on June 09, 2014 in Durban, South Africa.
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South Africa have been forced to name seven uncapped players for the forthcoming Test matches against Wales, due to injury and availability issues.

Into the squad for the first time come Marnitz Boshoff, Lood de Jager, Cornal Hendricks, Teboho Mohoje, S'bura Sithole, Marcel van der Merwe and Callie Visagie, per BBC Sport.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was frank in his outlook, saying:

It's never easy starting the international season without a number of key players, but it's the same for our opponents as well and there are no excuses. 

We simply have to hit the ground running this week and make sure we start the season as well as possible.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26:  Jean de Villiers looks on during a Stormers Super Rugby training session at Sanctuary Cove on March 26, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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The biggest loss for South Africa is that of captain Jean de Villiers who has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury, per BBC Sport.

South Africa will be favourites to overcome the Welsh in this series but the scorelines of both matches could be tight affairs.

If Wales can get their flowing rugby going against the Springboks they will have a good chance of a positive result, especially as this South African squad does not have its usual depth and leadership.

Wales can share the spoils of this Test series, but only if they front up and show their very best form against a powerful Springbok unit. 

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