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Parkes hails two-try Welsh bow as 'a dream come true'.

HADLEIGH PARKES said he felt humbled and honoured after scoring two tries in a "dream" debut for Wales against South Africa.

The New Zealand-born centre made an immediate impact just hours after completing his three-year qualification period to become eligible to play for his adopted country.

The 30-year-old former sheep farmer scored twice in the first half and was named man of the match as Wales completed their autumn series with a thrilling 24-22 win at Cardiff 's Principality Stadium.

Parkes said: "It's been amazing, a dream come true. I never thought this day would come and I'm just extremely humbled by the opportunity.

"It's a huge privilege and an honour to come out here and play in front of a fantastic stadium and a fantastic crowd. It's a lovely country."

The Springboks led 22-21 with less than 15 minutes on the clock but Leigh Halfpenny's penalty sealed a hardfought win for Wales. Captain Alun Wyn Jones said: "We wanted to finish 2017 off for the fans.

"We felt we missed a few opportunities again but we finished on a high. We're disappointed by the some of the results but we feel positive in the fact we are going forward."

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Date:Dec 4, 2017
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