Wales, the current world deaf rugby champions, have visited South Africa to compete in a two match test series that saw the squad face South Africa Deaf Rugby for the first time.
Wales took on the ‘Deaf Boks’ in Pretoria on Saturday 8 and Wednesday 12 August 2015 and achieved a historic 2 – 0 series win.
South Africa Deaf Rugby was formed in 2007 and the tests against Wales were their first international matches.
Since March 2014, the ‘Deaf Boks’ have been a full Associate Member of the South African Rugby Union and have full World Rugby (formerly International Rugby Board) Test status.
During the tour, the Wales squad also visited Transoranje School for the Deaf and participated in rugby skills coaching with pupils who have a hearing impairment.
The South African Deaf Rugby Union currently has around 45 deaf senior players registered on its database and many more through the junior age groups currently playing school rugby.
Speaking at the Sport Wales National Centre, Wales team captain Adam Brake, said: “This tour is another important step, not only for deaf rugby in Wales, but for the development of deaf rugby worldwide.
“We are hugely grateful to everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts to make this tour a reality.”
Tim Stones, president and chief executive officer for the South African Deaf Rugby Union, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have the enormous privilege of hosting such a quality team as the current world champions, Wales, in our first ever official international Test series.
“We hope this inaugural Test series between South Africa and Wales will set a new benchmark for deaf rugby internationally.”