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Rassie Erasmus, Springboks coach. Image via SARugby

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Springboks set for rematch with England later this year

The Springboks will go on a three-Test tour of Europe in November, when they will face Scotland, England and Wales on consecutive weekends.

22-04-24 19:02
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Rassie Erasmus, Springboks coach. Image via SARugby

The Springboks will line up against Rugby World Cup opponents, Scotland and England, before taking on Wales in the Outgoing Tour in November, with the last Tests confirmed on Monday.

The double world champions will kick off the tour on Sunday, 10 November in Edinburgh against the sixth-ranked Scotland – who they faced in the opening game of their 2023 RWC campaign – before taking on RWC semi-finalists England, currently ranked fifth in the world, in London on Saturday, 16 November, and then Wales (ranked 10th) in Cardiff, a week later on 23 November.

This will mark the first time the Springboks cross paths with Scotland since their 18-3 victory in Marseille in September last year, while it will be their first outing in Edinburgh since November 2021, which the Springboks won 30-15.

The last time the Springboks faced England at Twickenham was in November 2022, where they clinched a 27-13 victory, while they last lined up against Wales in Cardiff in a RWC warmup match, where they registered a record-breaking 52-16 victory.

The clash against Wales, meanwhile, will mark their second outing against their Welsh counterparts this year, as the teams will also line up in the Springboks’ opening match of the season at Twickenham on Saturday, 22 June.

RASSIE ERASMUS’ VERDICT

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus looked forward to an enthralling tour in November and said: “As a team we want to measure ourselves against the top sides in the world consistently, and facing Scotland, Wales, and England on the year-end tour, two of which we faced in the World Cup, will be fantastic for the team and the players.

“Wales may have had a disappointing Six Nations campaign, while Scotland won two of their five matches and England three, but they are always a force to be reckoned with at home, so we know we have to be at the top of our game when we line up against them.”

Erasmus added: “We have a challenging season ahead, which features home Test series against Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Series and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship, as well a Test against Portugal, two matches against Australia and Argentina, respectively.

“To face Scotland, England and Wales at the end of the year will certainly spice things up for the team, so we are really looking forward to the season.”

SPRINGBOKS’ FULL 2024 TEST SCHEDULE:

Saturday, 22 June: Springboks vs Wales (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 6 July: SA vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Saturday, 13 July: Springboks vs Ireland (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban)
Saturday, 20 July: SA vs Portugal (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein)

Saturday, 10 August: Australia vs Springboks (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
Saturday, 17 August: Australia vs SA (Optus Stadium, Perth)
Saturday, 31 August: Springboks vs New Zealand (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
Saturday, 7 September: SA v New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)
Saturday, 21 September: Argentina v Springboks (Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades, Santiago)
Saturday, 28 September: SA v Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)

Sunday, 10 November: Scotland vs Springboks (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
Saturday, 16 November: England vs SA (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 23 November: Wales vs Springboks (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

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The Springboks will play 13 Tests in 2024. Image: SA Rugby website

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