Wales trial match to take place in Swansea
May 8, 2014
Warren Gatland will announce his squad for South Africa on May 30 © Getty Images
Wales have confirmed the details for their Probables versus Possibles trial match with the game taking place at the Liberty Stadium on May 30.
The game will give coach Warren Gatland the chance to see his players in action prior to naming the squad for their tour to South Africa, an announcement that will take place in the post-match press conference.
Rob Howley will lead the Probables with Robin McBryde coaching the Possibles - both squads will be announced on Tuesday.
Gatland will take a 31-man squad to South Africa for their two Test matches and he is looking forward to resurrecting the traditional Welsh trial match which last took place in 2000.
"It's a good opportunity for the players but its also important for us in our short term as well as long term preparation," Gatland said. "The trial will enable us to work with the extended squad and see those players in our environment as preparations ramp up for next year's World Cup.
"It's a chance for players to experience the set-up and round off a week's training with us in a meaningful match and hopefully put their hand up for this summer's tour. We will be announcing the squad to travel to South Africa after the game so it's a great opportunity for players to book their seat on the plane.
"The tour itself is going to be extremely tough and the game will be important in ensuring we don't head into it cold. The majority of the squad would not have played for four or five weeks and we need to hit the ground running. The Springboks are immersed in Super Rugby right up to the tour and then have a game against a World XV the week before the first test so they certainly won't be under cooked."
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