Talking Points as Wales and the Springboks Desperately Clash at Twickenham Live on Sky Sports - Latest Global News

Talking Points as Wales and the Springboks Desperately Clash at Twickenham Live on Sky Sports

Watch South Africa vs Wales live on Sky Sports Action at 2pm on Saturday. This summer on Sky you can watch England travel to New Zealand to face the All Blacks, Wales take on Joe Schmidt’s Wallabies in Australia and Ireland take on the World Cup-winning Springboks in two Test tours of South Africa.

Last updated: 21/06/24 11:19am

Wales and South Africa meet at Twickenham on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action from 1.30pm

Wales will face South Africa at the neutral Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, live on Sky Sportswhile Warren Gatland is desperately looking for improvements…

Before travelling to Australia in a two-Test tour, also live on Sky SportsWales head to the home of English rugby to begin their action-packed summer after winning the Six Nations Wooden Spoon for the first time since 2003.

South Africa – playing their first game since their victorious World Cup final against New Zealand in October – are preparing to welcome Six Nations champions Ireland for their own two-Test tour, live on Sky Sports.

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Wales clear underdog against Springboks

Wales are heavy underdogs, given odds of 13-1 by some bookmakers, and it’s not hard to see why.

They will arrive at Twickenham without a number of regular players, which contributes to a huge difference in experience between the teams. South African centre-back Eben Etzebeth, for example, has almost more international caps than the entire Welsh starting XI.

South Africa have won five of their last six games against Wales, while Gatland’s team have only recorded one victory – against the Barbarians – since October 2023.

Wales finished last in the 2024 Six Nations after five defeats in five games – their first through spoon since 2003.

Wales finished last in the 2024 Six Nations after five defeats in five games – their first through spoon since 2003.

Wales plagued by injuries again

When Gatland says that Wales have their backs against the wall this weekend, he is not wrong, as the list of unavailable players is well into double figures.

With the match falling outside World Rugby’s summer Test window, a significant number of England-based players – including Nick Tompkins, Dafydd Jenkins and Tommy Reffell – will be unable to play, with Jac Morgan, Taulupe Faletau, Tomos Williams, Adam Beard, Josh Adams, Ryan Elias and Will Rowlands all out through injury and rest periods.

For Welsh fans, this is the harsh reality.

Ospreys defender Jac Morgan loses for Wales due to injury

Ospreys defender Jac Morgan loses for Wales due to injury

Wales desperately needs a win

During Gatland’s first stint as head coach from 2008 to 2019, winning became a habit for Wales, with the team winning Six Nations titles, Grand Slams and reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The second time around, however, things look different: Wales have lost twelve of 18 tests, six of them in a row.

Warren Gatland and his team desperately need a win to gain confidence and get out of a poor run of form.

Warren Gatland and his team desperately need a win to gain confidence and get out of a poor run of form.

They now face South Africa and Australia (twice) before taking on Fiji, the Wallabies and the Springboks in the Autumn Series and the opening game of the Six Nations against France in Paris.

A win would do wonders for confidence, but where and when is not exactly clear.

New rugby rules are presented publicly

Three new rules will come into force at Twickenham. They are described by World Rugby as “fan-focused” and are intended to help improve the flow and excitement of matches.

A player can now be ineligible to play if an opposing player catches the ball and runs five metres or passes the ball after a kick in open play – the “Dupont Law”, as it was called, no longer exists.

Three of the new rugby rules will be presented live on Sky Sports during the match between Wales and South Africa.

Three of the new rugby rules will be presented live on Sky Sports during the match between Wales and South Africa.

Offside players must try to retreat to make room for the opposing team and possibly reduce the so-called “kick tennis”.

In addition, it will no longer be possible to select a scrum after a free kick and rolling/twisting/dragging a player on his feet in the tackling zone and during the collapse – the ‘crocodile roll’ – is prohibited.

Watch South Africa vs Wales live on Sky Sports Action at Twickenham on Saturday at 2pm, with full action from 1.30pm.

England’s Summer Games (British and Irish time)

Saturday, 22 June – against Japan (6:50 a.m.)
Saturday, July 6 – vs New Zealand (8.05 am), live on Sky Sports
Saturday, July 13 – vs New Zealand (8.05 am), live on Sky Sports

Ireland’s Summer Games (UK and Irish time) – live on Sky Sports

Saturday, July 6 – South Africa – Ireland (4pm), live on Sky Sports
Saturday, July 13 – South Africa – Ireland (4pm), live on Sky Sports

The Wales Summer Games (UK and Irish time) – live on Sky Sports

Saturday, 22 June – vs South Africa (2pm), live on Sky Sports
Saturday, July 6 – vs Australia (10.45 am), live on Sky Sports
Saturday, July 13 – vs Australia (10.45 am), live on Sky Sports

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