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Wales close to agreeing to play Boks in the USA

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    Posted: 11 January 2018 at 11:15am
Wales are believed to be on the verge of confirming a Test match against South Africa in the USA this summer.

The match is said to be scheduled to take place on June 2, a week before Warren Gatland's men kick off their two-Test tour of Argentina.

It works out perfectly for Wales as the proposed Test is set to take place in Washington DC, which is essentially on the way to their eventual destination.

The stop-off would not only provide the players a chance to acclimatise to the hopping of time zones, but it would also provide a number of commercial opportunities, with the headquarters of Under Armour - Wales' kit manufacturer - under an hour away in Baltimore.

Over the Christmas period, WRU CEO Martyn Phillips said: "This will give us a chance to acclimatise on the way out to Argentina and spend some time together with some new faces in the squad.

"Across three games, we can try and develop a group of players. It's about bringing some new players in and giving the coaches a little bit longer with them."

Reports also suggest that the game would be lucrative for both sides as USA rugby look to raise the profile of the sport in America.

Wales wouldn't be the first to head stateside. Ireland famously beat the All Blacks 40-29 in Chicago in 2016.

As for their tour of Argentina, the WRU are understood to be frustrated with their hosts given that venues for the games are yet to be confirmed and as a consequence, Wales are yet to send staff to South America for their customary 'recce'.

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