WALES TEST

HERE NEXT YEAR IN DOUBT

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The orig­i­nal itin­er­ary for Wales WR WRXU WKH 3DFLåF ,VODQGV DQG LQ­clude a third test in Fiji next year is no longer part of the sched­ule, BBC Wales un­der­stands. Tests are sched­uled in Samoa and Tonga in June, but the games could be moved to New Zealand. A con­tin­gency plan is in place to play the games in New Zealand, with Auck­land the most likely venue given its large pop­u­la­tions of Samoan and Ton­gan her­itage. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) say they want to play on the is­lands, but will pur­sue al­ter­na­tives if guar­an­tees over player wel­fare are not met. The sport’s gov­ern­ing body, World Rugby, helps tier two coun­tries meet costs of host­ing tier one na­tions. World Rugby helped with ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal cover when New Zealand played Samoa in Apia in 2015. A del­e­ga­tion from World Rugby is sched­uled to travel to Tonga and Samoa within the next fort­night to as­sess whether fa­cil­iWLHV LQ HDFK FRXQWU\ DUH åW IRU SXUSRVH Fans and travel com­pa­nies are cur­rently in a state of limbo, with hun­dreds hav­ing reg­is­tered for the tour. :DOHV ODVW WRXUHG WKH 3DFLåF ,VODQGV LQ 1994. 7KH :58 VD\ WKH\ H[SHFW D åQDO GHFL­sion to be made by the end of Oc­to­ber. A spokesper­son for the Samoan Rugby Union said: “At this stage we can’t com­ment as the match has not yet been conåUPHG E\ :RUOG 5XJE\Ù The Ton­gan Rugby Union has also been asked to com­ment, but has not yet UHVSRQGHG 7KH %ULWLVK DQG ,ULVK /LRQV tour New Zealand in June and July next year. Source: RNZI

Wales coach Warren Gat­land.

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