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Wales fly out for South Africa Tour

Alun Wyn Jones will skipper the Wales side in South Africa Credit: PA photo

The Wales rugby squad are preparing to leave for South Africa ahead of their two test series later this month. The party fly out today minus injured stars such as captain Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny and Richard Hibbard.

Warren Gatland has selected a 32 man squad for the tour, which gets underway with a warm-up match against Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth next Tuesday. That match is followed by the first test in Durban on June 14, with a further encounter against the Springboks in Nelspruit a week later.

Four uncapped players have been names in the party: fly half or full back Matthew Morgan, utility back Steve Shingler, wing Jordan Williams and scrum half Gareth Davies.

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"Real grit" shown by Wales

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones reaction to today's Wales v Italy Six Nations game.

This was another superlative performance by Wales. They demonstrated some real grit today against an Italian team who seemed determined to prevent Wales from playing their usual creative, flowing game.

“Everything is now set up for that final match against France next Saturday. The prospects are looking very good indeed and the entire country will be cheering them on to that Grand Slam.”

– First Minister, Carwyn Jones
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