2022 Wales rugby union tour of South Africa
Coach(es)Wayne Pivac
Tour captain(s)Dan Biggar
Top test point scorer(s)Dan Biggar (26)
Top test try scorer(s)Louis Rees-Zammit (2)
Summary
P W D L
Total
03 01 00 02
Test match
03 01 00 02
Opponent
P W D L
 South Africa
3 1 0 2
Tour chronology
Previous tourArgentina 2018

The Wales national rugby union team toured South Africa in July 2022 for a series of three test matches against the South Africa national team. It was the seventh time Wales had toured South Africa in test history. In each of the previous 10 matches contested between the two nations on South African soil – the first of which took place in 1964 – South Africa were the victors.

South Africa took the lead in the 2022 test series, beating Wales by 32–29 in Pretoria on 2 July. A week later, Wales made history with their first ever test victory in South Africa, leveling the series by winning 13–12 in Bloemfontein on 9 July. The decider took place in Cape Town on 16 July, with South Africa winning 30–14 to take the series.

Squads

South Africa

South Africa named their squad for the three-test series on 11 June 2022. Coach Jacques Nienaber picked 43 players, including eight who were yet to win a cap for the Springboks: Evan Roos, Elrigh Louw, Ruan Nortjé, Salmaan Moerat, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Deon Fourie, Kurt-Lee Arendse and Grant Williams.[1]

Caps and ages are as of 2 July 2022, prior to the first test.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Joseph Dweba Hooker (1995-10-25)25 October 1995 (aged 26) 1 France Bordeaux
Malcolm Marx Hooker (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 (aged 27) 46 Japan Kubota Spears
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 31) 48 South Africa Sharks
Thomas du Toit Prop (1995-05-05)5 May 1995 (aged 27) 13 South Africa Sharks
Steven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10)10 February 1992 (aged 30) 59 South Africa Stormers
Vincent Koch Prop (1990-03-13)13 March 1990 (aged 32) 31 England Saracens
Frans Malherbe Prop (1991-03-14)14 March 1991 (aged 31) 46 South Africa Stormers
Ntuthuko Mchunu Prop (1999-04-05)5 April 1999 (aged 23) 0 South Africa Sharks
Ox Nché Prop (1995-07-23)23 July 1995 (aged 26) 9 South Africa Sharks
Trevor Nyakane Prop (1989-05-04)4 May 1989 (aged 33) 54 France Racing 92
Lood de Jager Lock (1992-12-17)17 December 1992 (aged 29) 56 England Sale Sharks
Eben Etzebeth Lock (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 30) 97 South Africa Sharks
Salmaan Moerat Lock (1998-03-06)6 March 1998 (aged 24) 0 South Africa Stormers
Ruan Nortjé Lock (1998-07-25)25 July 1998 (aged 23) 0 South Africa Bulls
Franco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27)27 November 1990 (aged 31) 51 Japan Mie Honda Heat
Marvin Orie Lock (1993-02-15)15 February 1993 (aged 29) 7 South Africa Stormers
Pieter-Steph du Toit Loose forward (1992-08-20)20 August 1992 (aged 29) 58 Japan Toyota Verblitz
Marcell Coetzee Loose forward (1991-05-08)8 May 1991 (aged 31) 30 South Africa Bulls
Rynhardt Elstadt Loose forward (1989-10-20)20 October 1989 (aged 32) 3 France Toulouse
Deon Fourie Loose forward (1986-09-25)25 September 1986 (aged 35) 0 South Africa Stormers
Siya Kolisi (c) Loose forward (1991-06-16)16 June 1991 (aged 31) 63 South Africa Sharks
Elrigh Louw Loose forward (1999-10-20)20 October 1999 (aged 22) 0 South Africa Bulls
Evan Roos Loose forward (2000-01-21)21 January 2000 (aged 22) 0 South Africa Stormers
Kwagga Smith Loose forward (1993-06-11)11 June 1993 (aged 29) 19 Japan Shizuoka Blue Revs
Jasper Wiese Loose forward (1995-10-21)21 October 1995 (aged 26) 11 England Leicester Tigers
Faf de Klerk Scrum-half (1991-10-19)19 October 1991 (aged 30) 36 England Sale Sharks
Jaden Hendrikse Scrum-half (2000-03-23)23 March 2000 (aged 22) 2 South Africa Sharks
Herschel Jantjies Scrum-half (1996-04-22)22 April 1996 (aged 26) 21 South Africa Stormers
Cobus Reinach Scrum-half (1990-02-07)7 February 1990 (aged 32) 21 France Montpellier
Grant Williams Scrum-half (1996-07-22)22 July 1996 (aged 25) 0 South Africa Sharks
Elton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 31) 44 Japan NTT Red Hurricanes
Handré Pollard Fly-half (1994-03-11)11 March 1994 (aged 28) 60 France Montpellier
Lukhanyo Am Centre (1993-11-28)28 November 1993 (aged 28) 26 South Africa Sharks
Damian de Allende Centre (1991-11-25)25 November 1991 (aged 30) 58 Ireland Munster
André Esterhuizen Centre (1994-03-30)30 March 1994 (aged 28) 8 England Harlequins
Jesse Kriel Centre (1994-02-15)15 February 1994 (aged 28) 51 Japan Yokohama Canon Eagles
Cheslin Kolbe Wing (1993-10-28)28 October 1993 (aged 28) 18 France Toulon
Makazole Mapimpi Wing (1990-07-26)26 July 1990 (aged 31) 25 South Africa Sharks
Kurt-Lee Arendse Wing (1996-06-17)17 June 1996 (aged 26) 0 South Africa Bulls
Aphelele Fassi Fullback (1998-01-23)23 January 1998 (aged 24) 2 South Africa Sharks
Warrick Gelant Fullback (1995-05-20)20 May 1995 (aged 27) 9 South Africa Stormers
Willie le Roux Fullback (1989-08-18)18 August 1989 (aged 32) 71 Japan Toyota Verblitz
Damian Willemse Fullback (1998-05-07)7 May 1998 (aged 24) 15 South Africa Stormers

Wales

Wales coach Wayne Pivac named a squad of 33 for the tour, including two uncapped players in forwards Tommy Reffell and James Ratti, while flanker Dan Lydiate, fly-half Rhys Patchell and centre George North made their returns after long absences due to injury.[2] Surprise omissions from the squad included forwards Seb Davies, James Botham and Jac Morgan.[3][4] On 7 June, Dragons prop Leon Brown pulled out through injury and was replaced by Sam Wainwright.[5] Scarlets prop Harri O'Connor was added to the squad on 21 June.[6] Fly-half Gareth Anscombe joined up with the squad on 28 June, having stayed back in Wales pending the birth of his second child.[7]

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Ryan Elias Hooker (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 27) 27 Wales Scarlets
Dewi Lake Hooker (1999-05-16) 16 May 1999 (age 23) 5 Wales Ospreys
Sam Parry Hooker (1991-12-17) 17 December 1991 (age 30) 5 Wales Ospreys
Rhys Carré Prop (1998-02-08) 8 February 1998 (age 24) 16 Wales Cardiff
Tomas Francis Prop (1992-04-27) 27 April 1992 (age 30) 64 Wales Ospreys
Wyn Jones Prop (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 30) 43 Wales Scarlets
Dillon Lewis Prop (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 (age 26) 38 Wales Cardiff
Harri O'Connor Prop (2000-10-25) 25 October 2000 (age 21) 0 Wales Scarlets
Gareth Thomas Prop (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 29) 10 Wales Ospreys
Sam Wainwright Prop (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 24) 0 England Saracens
Adam Beard Lock (1996-01-07) 7 January 1996 (age 26) 34 Wales Ospreys
Ben Carter Lock (2001-01-23) 23 January 2001 (age 21) 6 Wales Dragons
Alun Wyn Jones Lock (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985 (age 37) 150 Wales Ospreys
Will Rowlands Lock (1991-09-19) 19 September 1991 (age 31) 18 Wales Dragons
Taine Basham Back row (1999-11-02) 2 November 1999 (age 22) 10 Wales Dragons
Taulupe Faletau Back row (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 31) 89 England Bath
Dan Lydiate Back row (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 34) 65 Wales Ospreys
Josh Navidi Back row (1990-12-30) 30 December 1990 (age 31) 30 Wales Cardiff
James Ratti Back row (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 24) 0 Wales Cardiff
Tommy Reffell Back row (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 23) 0 England Leicester Tigers
Gareth Davies Scrum-half (1990-08-18) 18 August 1990 (age 32) 67 Wales Scarlets
Kieran Hardy Scrum-half (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 26) 11 Wales Scarlets
Tomos Williams Scrum-half (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 27) 33 Wales Cardiff
Gareth Anscombe Fly-half (1991-05-10) 10 May 1991 (age 31) 31 Wales Ospreys
Dan Biggar Fly-half (1989-10-16) 16 October 1989 (age 32) 100 England Northampton Saints
Rhys Patchell Fly-half (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 29) 21 Wales Scarlets
George North Centre (1992-04-13) 13 April 1992 (age 30) 102 Wales Ospreys
Nick Tompkins Centre (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 27) 20 England Saracens
Owen Watkin Centre (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 (age 26) 31 Wales Ospreys
Johnny Williams Centre (1996-10-18) 18 October 1996 (age 25) 5 Wales Scarlets
Josh Adams Wing (1995-04-21) 21 April 1995 (age 27) 39 Wales Cardiff
Alex Cuthbert Wing (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 32) 51 Wales Ospreys
Louis Rees-Zammit Wing (2001-02-02) 2 February 2001 (age 21) 16 England Gloucester
Liam Williams Fullback (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 (age 31) 78 Wales Scarlets

Fixtures

The tour was confirmed in February 2022, with the two sides scheduled to play three tests in July 2022. The first test would be played at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 2 July, the second test at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on 9 July, and the third test at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on 16 July.[8]

1st test

2 July 2022
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  32–29  Wales
Try: Mbonambi 46' c
Marx 51' m
Kolbe 66' c
Penalty try 75'
Con: Willemse (2/3) 48', 68'
Pen: E. Jantjies (1/3) 17'
Willemse (1/1) 80+3'
Report Try: Rees-Zammit (2) 3' m, 32' c
Lake 77' m
Con: Biggar (1/3) 34'
Pen: Biggar (3/3) 20', 55', 63'
Drop: Biggar (1/1) 9'
Team details
FB 15 Damian Willemse
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Elton Jantjies downward-facing red arrow 41'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk downward-facing red arrow 71'
N8 8 Jasper Wiese
BF 7 Franco Mostert downward-facing red arrow 51'
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c) downward-facing red arrow 51'
RL 5 Lood de Jager
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth downward-facing red arrow 70'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe downward-facing red arrow 50'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi downward-facing red arrow 50'
LP 1 Ox Nché downward-facing red arrow 50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx upward-facing green arrow 50'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff upward-facing green arrow 50'
PR 18 Vincent Koch upward-facing green arrow 50'
LK 19 Salmaan Moerat upward-facing green arrow 70'
FL 20 Elrigh Louw upward-facing green arrow 51'
FL 21 Kwagga Smith upward-facing green arrow 51'
SH 22 Herschel Jantjies upward-facing green arrow 71'
FB 23 Willie le Roux upward-facing green arrow 41'
Coach:
South Africa Jacques Nienaber
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FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 Louis Rees-Zammit yellow card 74' to end'
OC 13 George North
IC 12 Nick Tompkins
LW 11 Josh Adams downward-facing red arrow 63'
FH 10 Dan Biggar (c) yellow card 38' to 48'
SH 9 Kieran Hardy downward-facing red arrow 53'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Tommy Reffell
BF 6 Dan Lydiate downward-facing red arrow 63'
RL 5 Adam Beard downward-facing red arrow 50'
LL 4 Will Rowlands
TP 3 Dillon Lewis downward-facing red arrow 45' upward-facing green arrow 50'
HK 2 Ryan Elias downward-facing red arrow 50'
LP 1 Gareth Thomas downward-facing red arrow 53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dewi Lake upward-facing green arrow 50'
PR 17 Rhys Carre yellow card 75' to end' upward-facing green arrow 53'
PR 18 Tomas Francis upward-facing green arrow 45' downward-facing red arrow 50'
LK 19 Alun Wyn Jones yellow card 66' to 76' upward-facing green arrow 50'
FL 20 Josh Navidi upward-facing green arrow 63'
SH 21 Tomos Williams upward-facing green arrow 53'
FH 22 Gareth Anscombe
CE 23 Owen Watkin upward-facing green arrow 63'
Coach:
New Zealand Wayne Pivac

Assistant referees:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Andrea Piardi (Italy)
Television match official:
Joy Neville (Ireland)

Notes:

2nd test

9 July 2022
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  12–13  Wales
Pen: Pollard (4/6) 5', 43', 51', 59'
Report Try: Adams 77' c
Con: Anscombe (1/1) 78'
Pen: Biggar (1/2) 2'
Anscombe (1/2) 66'
Team details
FB 15 Warrick Gelant
RW 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 André Esterhuizen
LW 11 Aphelele Fassi downward-facing red arrow 67'
FH 10 Handré Pollard (c) downward-facing red arrow 73'
SH 9 Jaden Hendrikse
N8 8 Evan Roos downward-facing red arrow 47'
BF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
OF 6 Marcell Coetzee downward-facing red arrow 47'
RL 5 Marvin Orie downward-facing red arrow 59'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Trevor Nyakane downward-facing red arrow 41'
HK 2 Joseph Dweba downward-facing red arrow 41'
LP 1 Thomas du Toit downward-facing red arrow 47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx upward-facing green arrow 41'
PR 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu upward-facing green arrow 47'
PR 18 Vincent Koch upward-facing green arrow 41'
LK 19 Ruan Nortjé upward-facing green arrow 59'
FL 20 Rynhardt Elstadt upward-facing green arrow 47'
FL 21 Deon Fourie upward-facing green arrow 47'
SH 22 Grant Williams upward-facing green arrow 73'
FB 23 Damian Willemse upward-facing green arrow 67'
Coach:
South Africa Jacques Nienaber
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FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 Louis Rees-Zammit
OC 13 George North
IC 12 Nick Tompkins
LW 11 Alex Cuthbert downward-facing red arrow 17'
FH 10 Dan Biggar (c) downward-facing red arrow 50'
SH 9 Kieran Hardy downward-facing red arrow 41'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Tommy Reffell
BF 6 Dan Lydiate downward-facing red arrow 59'
RL 5 Adam Beard
LL 4 Will Rowlands downward-facing red arrow 54'
TP 3 Dillon Lewis downward-facing red arrow 65'
HK 2 Ryan Elias downward-facing red arrow 49'
LP 1 Gareth Thomas downward-facing red arrow 49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dewi Lake upward-facing green arrow 49'
PR 17 Wyn Jones upward-facing green arrow 49'
PR 18 Sam Wainwright upward-facing green arrow 65'
LK 19 Alun Wyn Jones yellow card 56' to 66' upward-facing green arrow 54'
FL 20 Josh Navidi upward-facing green arrow 59'
SH 21 Tomos Williams upward-facing green arrow 41'
FH 22 Gareth Anscombe upward-facing green arrow 50'
WG 23 Josh Adams upward-facing green arrow 17'
Coach:
New Zealand Wayne Pivac

Assistant referees:
Matthew Carley (England)
Andrea Piardi (Italy)
Television match official:
Brett Cronan (Australia)

Notes:

3rd test

16 July 2022
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  30–14  Wales
Try: Pollard 14' c
Mbonambi 38' c
Kolisi 53' c
Con: Pollard (3/3) 16', 39', 54'
Pen: Pollard (3/3) 5', 78', 80+1'
Report Try: Reffell 19' m
Pen: Biggar (3/3) 33', 42', 48'
Team details
FB 15 Damian Willemse
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe downward-facing red arrow 21'
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Jaden Hendrikse downward-facing red arrow 65'
N8 8 Jasper Wiese downward-facing red arrow 39'
BF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit downward-facing red arrow 77'
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)
RL 5 Lood de Jager
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth downward-facing red arrow 61'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe downward-facing red arrow 45'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi downward-facing red arrow 45'
LP 1 Trevor Nyakane downward-facing red arrow 45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx upward-facing green arrow 45'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff upward-facing green arrow 45'
PR 18 Vincent Koch upward-facing green arrow 45'
LK 19 Franco Mostert upward-facing green arrow 61'
FL 20 Kwagga Smith upward-facing green arrow 39'
FL 21 Elrigh Louw upward-facing green arrow 77'
SH 22 Faf de Klerk upward-facing green arrow 65'
FB 23 Willie le Roux upward-facing green arrow 21'
Coach:
South Africa Jacques Nienaber
South Africa vs Wales 2022-07-16.svg
FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 Louis Rees-Zammit
OC 13 George North
IC 12 Nick Tompkins downward-facing red arrow 60'
LW 11 Josh Adams
FH 10 Dan Biggar (c)
SH 9 Kieran Hardy downward-facing red arrow 51'
N8 8 Josh Navidi
OF 7 Tommy Reffell downward-facing red arrow 55'
BF 6 Dan Lydiate downward-facing red arrow 16'
RL 5 Adam Beard
LL 4 Will Rowlands
TP 3 Dillon Lewis downward-facing red arrow 41'
HK 2 Ryan Elias downward-facing red arrow 40'
LP 1 Gareth Thomas downward-facing red arrow 56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dewi Lake upward-facing green arrow 40'
PR 17 Wyn Jones upward-facing green arrow 56'
PR 18 Sam Wainwright upward-facing green arrow 41'
LK 19 Alun Wyn Jones upward-facing green arrow 16'
FL 20 Taine Basham upward-facing green arrow 55'
SH 21 Tomos Williams upward-facing green arrow 51'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell
CE 23 Owen Watkin upward-facing green arrow 60'
Coach:
New Zealand Wayne Pivac

Assistant referees:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)
Television match official:
Brett Cronan (Australia)

Notes:

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Uncapped pair Tommy Reffell and James Ratti named by Wales for South Africa trip". BBC Sport. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Cardiff boss Dai Young disappointed by Wales omissions for Seb Davies and James Botham". BBC Sport. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Jac Morgan: Ospreys surprised by reasons for omission of Wales flanker". BBC Sport. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Sam Wainwright replaces injured prop Leon Brown in Wales squad for South Africa". BBC Sport. 7 June 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Wales v South Africa: Scarlets prop Harri O'Connor called up for Springboks tour". BBC Sport. 21 June 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
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