International Double Header at Twickenham Stadium announced

International Double Header at Twickenham Stadium announced

Competing for the Qatar Airways Cup in a blockbuster day of rugby in June.

Four heavyweights of world rugby will grace the Twickenham Stadium turf in an historic double header of fixtures on Saturday 22 June 2024 – with a clash between South Africa and Wales (K.O. 2pm) now confirmed and to follow Barbarians vs Fiji (K.O. 5:15pm).
Tickets will go on general sale from 10am on Friday 23 February via Ticketmaster, Ticketek and the RFU. A raft of the world’s leading players are set to be involved across the two matches, which are included on one ticket from just £55* for adults and £28* for under-16s.
Reigning World and Qatar Airways Cup champions South Africa have gone toe-to-toe with Wales at Twickenham Stadium only once before; with the Springboks edging a scintillating Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash 23-19 back in 2015 thanks to a late try from scrum-half Fourie du Preez. This will be the 42nd meeting in total between the sides, South Africa victorious on 33 occasions so far.
For the world champion Springboks, it will be a first return to action since they lifted the Webb Ellis Cup at the Stade de France back in October, beating New Zealand 12-11 in a tense Rugby World Cup 2023 final. Rassie Erasmus’ side, who top the world rankings, will be preparing for a mouth-watering home series against Ireland in July.
The match against Wales also marks a return to Twickenham Stadium for South Africa, following the Springboks’ spectacular appearance at the venue last summer as they swept the All Blacks aside to claim the Qatar Airways Cup. South Africa were in imperious form on their last visit to HQ, warming up for their Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign in front of a capacity crowd with a 35-7 win to record their largest-ever victory over New Zealand.
To add to the hype of this exciting summer Test match, South Africa is celebrating 30 years of democracy in 2024, and Saturday 22 June 2024 is 50 years to the day since Willie John McBride’s British & Irish Lions beat the Springboks in the 2nd Test of the famous undefeated Tour to South Africa. Welsh winger J.J Williams scored the game’s only two tries that day, in a team which featured the legendary Welsh fullback J.P.R. Williams, who passed earlier this year.
“We are thrilled to return to Twickenham in what will mark our first Test since the Rugby World Cup 2023 final in France,” said Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus. “We have very fond memories of the RWC 23 warm-up Test we played against the All Blacks at Twickenham last year. The atmosphere and occasion were truly remarkable, and we are expecting a very similar experience in June.
“The fact that we’re facing Wales, who we have faced there before in an exhilarating Rugby World Cup 2015 Quarter-final, will bring back plenty of other memories as well.
“We may be playing on foreign territory, but we enjoy fantastic support from the expat community in London and its surrounds, so we are really looking forward to the match.”
Meanwhile, Wales will also be gearing up for their own summer tour, with Warren Gatland’s side heading Down Under to face Australia in July after taking on South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday 22 June.
Speaking about Wales’ summer schedule Gatland said: “I’m incredibly excited about the fixture list for Wales this summer.
“To have the opportunity for our young squad to test itself against the world champions at a neutral venue is an extremely important experience and something that we will relish. It should also be a great occasion for the fans and something a little bit different for them.
“We’re also excited for the opportunity we have with our two Tests in Australia in July. We know the Wallabies will be hurting after Rugby World Cup but Australia is a tough place to go and play rugby and we’re expecting a fired up side led by new head coach Joe Schmidt.”
The second edition of the Qatar Airways Cup will precede the clash between a Barbarians side led by Kiwi coach Robbie Deans, and the Flying Fijians – who set pulses racing with their high-octane style of play at Rugby World Cup 2023, on their way to a first quarter-final appearance in 16 years.
Ben Youngs, England’s most-capped male player of all time, has already been confirmed by the Barbarians, with a host of world stars to follow.
To enhance the fan experience, Qatar Airways, the award-winning airline and proud title sponsor, will develop a host of special activities and opportunities for rugby fans and the airline to engage with the Qatar Airways Cup. The airline’s Privilege Club members will also benefit from a chance to get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to experience the thrill of the Cup.  
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Antinori, said: “Following the success of the inaugural Qatar Airways Cup on the eve of Rugby World Cup 2023, we are thrilled to announce the second edition. Returning to the hallowed grounds, the home of rugby, we anticipate an electrifying clash as Qatar Airways Cup trophy holders, South Africa, defend their title against Wales – one of the most esteemed teams in rugby, boasting a rich history and tradition in the sport. At Qatar Airways, we
believe in the power of uniting people through sport, and look forward to witnessing the unmatched passion of rugby fans and teams in this thrilling return of the Qatar Airways Cup.”
Qatar Airways flies to more than 170 destinations, including Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in South Africa.
General admission tickets go on sale from Friday 23 February at 10am – visit Ticketmaster, Ticketek or RFU to secure your seat.

Each ticket will cover entry for both South Africa vs Wales (K.O. 2pm) and Barbarians vs Fiji (K.O. 5.15pm) on Saturday 22 June, starting from just £55* for Adults and £28* for Under-16s. For a 10% discount on groups of 10 or more, please visit

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