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Warren Gatland has named his Wales side to face the Springboks at Twickenham in London on Saturday, 22 June. Image: David Davies/PA Wire.

Wales name side to face Springboks at Twickenham

Warren Gatland has named his Wales side to face the Springboks at Twickenham in London on Saturday, 22 June.

Warren Gatland Wales

Warren Gatland has named his Wales side to face the Springboks at Twickenham in London on Saturday, 22 June. Image: David Davies/PA Wire.

Warren Gatland has named his Wales side to face the Springboks at Twickenham in London on Saturday, 22 June.

Kick-off is at 15:00 (SA time).

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Wales were hit by a late hammer blow.

Jac Morgan was expected to return to lead the side after missing the Six Nations while recovering from knee surgery, but has left the squad and is set for another spell on the sidelines.

In his absence, hooker Dewi Lake will captain the side with scrumhalf Ellis Bevan making his international debut in the No 9 jersey.

Springboks’ first Test since 2023 Rugby World Cup

Meanwhile, Rugby World Cup-winning prop Vincent Koch will earn his 50th Springbok Test cap.

It will be the Springboks’ first international since lifting the Webb Ellis Cup in France in October last year.

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus named his matchday 23 on Tuesday.

The team will be captained by flank Pieter-Steph du Toit and features four uncapped players.

Edwill van der Merwe (wing) and Jordan Hendrikse (flyhalf) are the two uncapped players named in run-on team, while Ben-Jason Dixon (lock) and Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (utility back) are the two new faces on the replacements bench.

The Test will in all likelihood see Paul Roos add two more names to their list of all-time Springbok Old Boys.

Both Van der Merwe and Dixon attended the Stellenbosch school.

As reported by The South African website, Paul Roos have produced more Springboks than any other school in South Africa – with 54.

Click HERE for the full list of Springboks produced by Paul Roos ahead of kick-off.

Meanwhile, Hendrikse will become Glenwood High School’s ninth Springbok – and the KwaZulu-Natal school’s first since his brother Jaden.

Finally, Feinberg-Mngomezulu will add to Bishops’ tally, giving the Cape Town school its 43rd Springbok – and helping close the gap on second-placed Grey College (46).

Thirty players will travel to London on Wednesday night, with those outside of the matchday squad being Manie Libbok (flyhalf), RG Snyman (lock), Neethling Fouche (prop), Phepsi Buthelezi (loose forward), Ethan Hooker (centre), Quan Horn (fullback), and Andre-Hugo Venter (hooker). 

TEAMS

South Africa

15 Aphelele Fassi (Sharks), 14 Edwill van der Merwe (Lions), 13 Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles), 12 Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins), 11 Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), 10 Jordan Hendrikse (Lions), 9 Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), 8 Evan Roos (Stormers), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (captain – Toyota Verblitz), 6 Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), 5 Franco Mostert (Honda Heat, Japan), 4 Eben Etzebeth (Sharks), 3 Vincent Koch (Sharks), 2 Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), 1 Ox Nche (Sharks)

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi (Sharks), 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu (Sharks), 18 Frans Malherbe (Stormers), 19 Salmaan Moerat (Stormers), 20 Ben-Jason Dixon (Stormers), 21 Grant Williams (Sharks), 22 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (Stormers), 23 Damian de Allende (Wild Knights)

WALES

15 Cameron Winnett, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Mason Grady, 11 Rio Dyer, 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Ellis Bevan; 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 James Botham, 6 Taine Plumtree, 5 Ben Carter, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Dewi Lake (captain), 1 Gareth Thomas

Substitutes: 16 Evan Lloyd, 17 Kemsley Mathias, 18 Kieron Assiratti, 19 James Ratti, 20 Mackenzie Martin, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Eddie James, 23 Jacob Beetham