The Springboks will face Six Nations champions Wales on 6 November 2021 in the first match of the itinerary for their end-of-year tour.
The match will be hosted at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, with Wales looking to avenge their 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat by the reigning world champions.
The Springboks have already been confirmed to be playing Scotland a week later at Murrayfield in Edinburgh as one of three matches for the team’s November tour of Europe. The identity of the remaining opponent will be confirmed in due course.
Wales will also be hosting southern-hemisphere heavyweights New Zealand and Australia and flamboyant Fiji as part of their Autumn Nations series. It will be the first time that the All Blacks visit Cardiff since 2017.
‘There is no doubt this is a huge autumn-series fixture list and we are already looking forward to it, especially with the prospect of having supporters back at Principality Stadium,’ Wales head coach Wayne Pivac said.
‘It would be close to 21 months since we have had the chance to play in front of our fans at our home stadium, so it is hugely exciting to have the fixtures announced and I hope it excites the rugby public. It will be a big campaign against quality opposition, but we see it as another opportunity to test ourselves while we continue on our journey to France 2023.
‘As a group we haven’t faced a southern-hemisphere side yet with last year’s summer tour cancelled and autumn series rejigged, so we are looking forward to welcoming all four sides to Cardiff for what will be four huge Test matches.’
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