Gwyn Jones: It's purely money-raising and will be an absolute shambles. Photo: David Gray/Reuters

CARDIFF – Former Wales captain Gwyn Jones says the Test match against South Africa in Washington DC on Saturday is a "shambles" and "devalues international rugby".

Speaking on Scrum V, a BBC Wales' television programme, Jones said he did not know why the game was organised. 

"It was purely money-raising and trying to spread the word in America. It looks though it will be an absolute shambles. Test rugby against the Springboks should not be a stepping stone and should not be a preparation match."

Wales play the Springboks in the USA on Saturday without most of their British and Irish Lions players while South Africa have not chosen their best players.

The Welsh are using the match as a warm-up because Warren Gatland's Wales are preparing to face Argentina in two Test matches, also next month.

Similarly, the Springboks are preparing for three-Test series against England and have left many first choices behind in South Africa. 

African News Agency (ANA)


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