Phil Bennett fears Wales autumn internationals overload

Wales have beaten Fiji this autumn but lost to Australia and New Zealand
Wales have beaten Fiji this autumn but lost to Australia and New Zealand
Autumn internationals: Wales v South Africa
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Sat 29 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC One HD, online, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 14:00 GMT; live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru & online; updates on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles.

Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half great Phil Bennett is concerned that Warren Gatland's current side are playing too many Tests in November.

For several years now Wales have played an "extra" fourth Test outside the World Rugby international window.

This season only Wales and England out of the northern hemisphere sides are playing four Tests in the autumn.

"Sometimes I think it's asking so much of the players," said former Llanelli stand-off Bennett, 66.

Wales have only beaten Fiji this autumn, lost narrowly to Australia and were leading New Zealand until the 65th minute last week before slumping to defeat.

South Africa are Wales' final opponents on Saturday, a team they have beaten just once in 1999.

"I looked at the expression of the boys at the final whistle [against the All Blacks]; they were out on their feet, they were physically gone, they were mentally gone," Bennett said.

"When you think these players have beaten themselves up for three weeks, then there's a fourth game coming up on Saturday.

"Then they go back to their regions or clubs... and they're involved in two huge European Cup matches."

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