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BBC and S4C to screen Wales tour

CANADA v WALES
Venue: York University, Toronto Date: Saturday, 30 May Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: Exclusively live on BBC TWO Wales, full commentary on BBC Radio Wales, plus Sunday highlights on S4C

USA v WALES
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Chicago Date: Saturday, 6 June Kick-off: 1900 BST Coverage: Exclusively live on S4C, full commentary on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru and Sunday highlights on BBC TWO Wales


Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones will captain Wales on their summer tour to north America

Wales' two-Test summer tour to North America will be televised exclusively live by BBC Cymru Wales and S4C.

BBC TWO Wales will screen the first Test against Canada at Toronto's York University Stadium on May 30 at 1945 BST with highlights on S4C on Sunday.

Wales' second Test versus USA Eagles at Chicago's Toyota Stadium on 6 June at 1900 BST will be live on S4C with full highlights on BBC TWO Wales on Sunday.

BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru also have live coverage of both games.

Wales' forwards coach Robin McBryde is caretaker coach for their summer tour.

Wales coaching team of Warren Gatland, Shaun Edwards and Rob Howley make up part of Ian McGeechan's managerial backroom team on the Lions tour to world champions South Africa.

Wales will be without 12 of their star players for their summer tour to North America as they will be on Lions duty so captain Ryan Jones, who was overlooked by 2009 Lions coach McGeechan, is set to lead the Welsh squad.

Shane Williams, Martyn Williams, Mike Phillips, Gethin Jenkins, Alun Wyn Jones, Leigh Halfpenny, Stephen Jones, Jamie Roberts, Matthew Rees, Lee Byrne, Andy Powell and Adam Jones will be with the Lions.

The coverage kicks off with Canada v Wales on Saturday, May 30 on BBC TWO Wales' Scrum V Live show presented by Gareth Lewis with expert analysis from former Canada fly-half Gareth Rees.

Gareth Lewis
Scrum V presenter Gareth Lewis

Scrum V's commentary will come from Nick Webb and Kingsley Jones while Phil Steele will be pitch-side.

S4C's Y Clwb Rygbi will show extensive highlights of Canada v Wales at 1830 BST the following day, presented by Gareth Roberts with commentary from Huw Llywelyn Davies and analysis by Gwyn Jones.

The USA v Wales Test will be live from Chicago on S4C from 1830 BST in Y Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol. Coverage is introduced by Gareth Roberts and Derwyn Jones with commentary from Huw Llywelyn Davies and Gwyn Jones while analyst Brynmor Williams and Cennydd Davies will be pitch-side.

Scrum V - presented by Gareth Lewis and Gwyn Jones from Chicago - will show full USA v Wales highlights on BBC TWO Wales on Sunday, 7 June.

BBC Wales's acting head of sport Geoff Williams said: "I am delighted to confirm BBC Wales' continued support of Welsh international rugby.

"In showing live TV coverage, complemented by highlights, we are reinforcing our commitment to the sport.

"The BBC's comprehensive tour coverage will also be prominently covered on radio and new media services with expert commentaries and analysis."

Geraint Rowlands, S4C Content Editor Sport, added:  "With S4C's live coverage of Wales' test match against the US Eagles and highlights coverage of Canada v Wales it will be a great summer of rugby on the channel."



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see also
Henson should not tour - Ospreys
29 Apr 09 |  Ospreys
O'Connell handed Lions captaincy
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McBryde to lead Wales summer tour
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Arrested development: USA rugby
29 Sep 06 |  Rugby Union
Northern rocks: Canadian rugby
21 Oct 08 |  Rugby Union
Wales' rugby fixtures
26 Jun 07 |  Welsh
2009 Lions: Squad & results
09 Jul 09 |  Rugby Union
Rugby union on the BBC
05 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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