The Chiefs have announced that they will host 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finalists Wales in Hamilton on Tuesday 14 June 2016.
The match will be played during the June International window at Waikato Stadium and is expected to draw huge interest given the region's connection with Welsh Rugby; Wales are coached by Hamilton’s Honorary Ambassador and former Hamilton Boys High School student Warren Gatland and former Chiefs player Gareth Anscombe is in the squad.
Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said: “The combination of Wales' success and popularity at the current Rugby World Cup and Warren’s connections to this region, will make for a very special match.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide this unique opportunity for our loyal fans and are grateful to the Welsh Rugby Union, New Zealand Rugby, Waikato Rugby Union and the Hamilton City Council for helping make this happen.”
Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie believes the international match will fall in a crucial time for his side’s Super Rugby campaign.
“The chance for provincial players to play against international sides is a rarity in the professional era, so we are really excited by the challenge," he explained.
“Gats is hugely respected in this community so it’s a nice fit for him to bring his Welsh team home to Hamilton to take on the Chiefs.”
Wales head coach Warren Gatland is excited to bring his charges to Hamilton.
“It is great our midweek match against the Chiefs has been confirmed.
“For the squad it will be a great opportunity to have further game time together ahead of the second and third tests against the All Blacks," he said.
“For me personally it will be an honour to bring Wales to Hamilton and face the Chiefs.”
The kick-off time for the night time match will be confirmed shortly.
Wales' 2016 Summer Tour to New Zealand:
Saturday, 11 June 2016 v New Zealand @ Eden Park, Auckland
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 v Chiefs @ Waikato Stadium, Waikato
Saturday, 18 June 2016 v New Zealand @ Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, 25 June 2016 v New Zealand @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin