Wales’ summer Test match against Tonga will be played in Auckland
This comes after concerns were raised over the suitability of the stadium in Nuku’alofa
Wales’ summer Test match against Tonga will be played in Auckland after concerns raised by the Welsh Rugby Union over the suitability of the stadium in Nuku’alofa.
World Rugby assessed facilities in Tonga and has confirmed the match has been moved.
It will be played on Friday, 16 June, a day earlier than originally scheduled.
The WRU had expressed doubts over the readiness of Tonga’s Teufaiva Sport Stadium, which is being redeveloped.
The 2017 June international window is set to deliver an exciting blend of tier one versus tier two fixtures and decisive Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers.
Georgia travel to the Americas to play Canada and USA before facing Argentina, while Uruguay will host the World Rugby Nations Cup in Montevideo.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “With excitement building ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, these matches are great for the global game with a strong programme of tier one versus tier two matches, including the Pacific Islands and Japan hosting games.
“There has been a massive step up in international competition since the last Rugby World Cup and this test window will allow for some very interesting matches, while also determining who from Oceania and the Americas will book their tickets to Rugby World Cup 2019.”
June will see the World Rugby Nations Cup take place in Uruguay for the first time, with Namibia, Spain, Argentina XV, Russia and Emerging Italy joining the hosts in Montevideo as they compete for the coveted trophy across three rounds on 10, 14 and 18 June.