TV broadcaster for Wales' summer Test against South Africa revealed

Wales and South Africa will meet at Twickenham on June 22
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Wales' clash with South Africa next month will be shown live for free on S4C, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Warren Gatland's side take on the world champions at Twickenham on June 22, before they travel to Australia for two Test matches on July 6 and July 13.

S4C has secured exclusive coverage of the Springboks clash, while highlights of the two matches against the Wallabies will also be shown on the channel. It will also broadcast live Wales Women's crucial match against Spain on June 29 as Ioan Cunningham's side look to qualify for the WXV2 tournament in South Africa this autumn.

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Coverage of the South Africa game, which will be available to watch on S4C, S4C Clic and BBC iPlayer, will be fronted by Sarra Elgan while Lauren Jenkins will present the highlights of the Australia tests. Commentating on the three games are Gareth Charles, former Wales captain Gwyn Jones and former Wales Women star Sioned Harries.

"I've never been to Australia for a rugby series before and I'm looking forward to bring all the excitement from the series to viewers at home," said Jenkins. "There will be plenty of excitement from the Wallabies' point of view now that one of the game's best minds Joe Schmidt is at the helm.

"Although Gatland has beaten Australia in two World Cups in a row and enjoyed success there with the Lions, I predict that this will be one of his biggest challenges against his old enemy. But what an opportunity for some of the young Welsh players to establish themselves as part of the team's new age."

Meanwhile, Charles said: "It was great to see crowds flocking to watch the women's 6 Nations matches recently and Ioan Cunningham's squad will be hoping to build on this momentum when they face Spain in their next challenge.

“I’m looking forward for the Wales’ summer series, especially after a terrible 6 Nations campaign for the men's team. It will be a strange experience playing at Twickenham in a home game for South Africa knowing that so many Springboks supporters live in London, and it will be a major test against the world champions.

“The Wales performance against Australia at the World Cup was the best performance by Wales under Warren Gatland’s second tenure," he added. "But with Joe Schmidt now coaching the Wallabies it should be interesting to see where both countries are at now.”

S4C's summer schedule

South Africa v Wales – Saturday, 22 June, 13:30

Wales v Spain - Saturday, 29 June, 17:15

Australia v Wales – Saturday, 6 July, 19:00 (Highlights)

Australia v Wales – Saturday, 13 July, 19:00 (Highlights)