Wales rugby tour of South Africa 2022: When is it, how many fixtures are planned, and how to watch

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Wales rugby tour of South Africa 2022: When is it, how many fixtures are planned, and how to watch - GETTY IMAGES
Wales rugby tour of South Africa 2022: When is it, how many fixtures are planned, and how to watch - GETTY IMAGES

Wales got their tour of South Africa underway with a heartbreaking last-minute defeat to the Springboks.

Wayne Pivac's side were on top for much of the game but indiscipline proved costly at the end with Damian Willemse kicking a penalty to see South Africa home.

Having come so close to a shock win, it is going to be tough for Wales to pick themselves up against the World Champions.

How many Tests are there?

It is a three-Test series this month, with fixtures in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

What are the fixtures and results?

First Test, Saturday July 2, Pretoria: South Africa 32 Wales 29

Second Test, Saturday July 9, Bloemfontein 4.05pm

Third Test, Saturday July 16, Cape Town 4.05pm

Damian Willemse. - REUTERS
Damian Willemse. - REUTERS

What TV channel are the games on?

The three Tests will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. Alternatively, you can follow Telegraph Sport's live coverage of all three matches.

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Wayne Pivac expects a second Test showdown between two "highly-charged" teams when Wales strive to level the series against world champions South Africa.

Damian Willemse's penalty with the final kick of a pulsating opening Test in Pretoria denied Wales a draw as South Africa triumphed 32-29.

But Wales, who were left reeling by a Guinness Six Nations home defeat against Italy just three months ago, showed more than enough to suggest that making history is not beyond them.

They have never beaten the Springboks in South Africa, yet their last two attempts produced three-point and one-point defeats.

And for large parts of an epic Loftus Versfeld encounter, Wales had Siya Kolisi's team in serious trouble.

"We have got to look at the positive things we did in the game. We set ourselves up to win it, so we did a lot of very good things," Wales head coach Pivac said.

"We have got to make sure we have a similar sort of start next week. South Africa will no doubt improve, and hopefully we will improve.

"It sets itself up for a good second Test. You have got two teams highly-motivated, highly-charged, no doubt.

"We will just look forward to having a couple of days to get ourselves back in shape to do it all over again."

Louis Rees-Zammit of Wales scores a try during the 2022 Castle Lager Incoming Series match between South Africa and Wales at Loftus Versfeld on July 02, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. - GETTY IMAGES
Louis Rees-Zammit of Wales scores a try during the 2022 Castle Lager Incoming Series match between South Africa and Wales at Loftus Versfeld on July 02, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. - GETTY IMAGES

Wales captain Dan Biggar said: "For us to put up a show in the first Test at altitude and against the world champions, there is no reason why we can't get better next week.

"The Springboks might get better for next Saturday, but I would like to think we will, too.

"We were very confident going into the game that if we stuck to task we would be right in the mix.

"Nothing changes from our point of view from this week to next. If anything, we have gained a bit of confidence."

The second Test in Bloemfontein will be another at altitude, yet Wales adapted brilliantly to the conditions at Loftus Versfeld.

Their biggest focus will centre around poor discipline after four players - Biggar, Alun Wyn Jones, Louis Rees-Zammit and Rhys Carre - received yellow cards.

At one stage during the final quarter, Wales were briefly reduced to 12 men.

Pivac said: "We will have to go away and look at that, as we will always do.

"Four yellow cards is a pretty tough one to take, but that is how it panned out and unfortunately we didn't quite get across the line."

Pivac looks likely to field an unchanged starting XV at Free State Stadium, but one switch seems certain on the bench, with prop Tomas Francis having taken a blow to the head.

It could mean Pivac handing a place among the substitutes to Saracens' Sam Wainwright or his fellow uncapped tighthead Harri O'Connor.