Wales will hold the first trial match in 14 years later this month with a Probables versus Possibles encounter at the Liberty Stadium on Friday May 30.
The old-school style trial will give those looking to impress the management a chance to showcase their skills and win a spot on the plane to South Africa for Wales’ tour there this June.
Wales assistant coaches Robin McBryde and Rob Howley, who both played in the last Wales trial in 2000 at St Helens, will coach the Possibles and Probables respectively and will announce their squads on Tuesday.
The squads will prepare for the game separately, and Howley will be joined by Shaun Edwards and Danny Wilson, the Scarlets’ forwards coach, in coaching the Probables. McBryde will work with Neil Jenkins and the Blues’ Dale MacIntosh with the Possibles.
Warren Gatland will then name his touring squad at the post-match press conference.
“It’s great that we are able to resurrect the famous Wales trial,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity for the players but its also important for us in our short term as well as long term preparation.
“The trial will enable us to work with the extended squad and see those players in our environment as preparations ramp up for next year’s World Cup. It’s a chance for players to experience the set-up and round off a week’s training with us in a meaningful match and hopefully put their hand up for this summer’s tour.
“We will be announcing the squad to travel to South Africa after the game so it’s a great opportunity for players to book their seat on the plane. The tour itself is going to be extremely tough and the game will be important in ensuring we don’t head into it cold.
“The majority of the squad would not have played for four or five weeks and we need to hit the ground running. The Springboks are immersed in Super Rugby right up to the tour and then have a game against a World XV the week before the first test so they certainly won’t be under cooked.”
Tickets will be £5 for adults and £1 for under 16s, and go on sale on Tuesday May 13. Any profit from the game, together with a modest donation, will be provided to the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.