Summer Tour 2020: Wales to face Japan and New Zealand

Alun Wyn Jones led Wales to fourth place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Wales finished in fourth place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup after defeat by New Zealand

Wales will return to Japan as well as facing New Zealand in two Tests on their 2020 summer tour.

Wayne Pivac’s side will face 2019 World Cup hosts Japan in a one-off Test match on Saturday, 27 June.

They will then head to New Zealand and face the All Blacks in Auckland on 4 July with a second Test in Wellington on 11 July.

“It will be pretty special taking this Wales squad to both Japan and New Zealand,” said Pivac.

“Going back to Japan for Wales will be a really big fixture on the back of a really successful Rugby World Cup for Japan as hosts both on and off the field.”

For Pivac, who succeeded fellow Kiwi Warren Gatland following the World Cup, the tour will be his first in charge of Wales.

“The summer Tests will be an important period for us as a squad, marking the end of the 2019/20 season and a great opportunity to take on both Japan and New Zealand,” he added.

“We will then go to familiar ground for me in terms of New Zealand, and especially Auckland, with two fixtures against the All Blacks.”

Wales have never won a Test in New Zealand and have not beaten them since 1953. The All Blacks have won 32 of their meetings compared to three for Wales.

Prior to the 2019 World Cup, Wales last toured Japan in 2013 – winning the first Test in Osaka before losing the second Test in Tokyo – their first ever defeat by the Brave Blossoms.

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