Springboks

Bok kick-off times changed

2014-05-02 19:44
Springboks (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks will play all four of their 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup pool fixtures in England at 16:45 (17:45 SA time) following an announcement by Rugby World Cup Limited and England Rugby 2015 Limited on Friday that amendments had been made to the match times.

These changes, which were agreed to by international broadcasters, will see all the initial 17:00 matches move forward by 15 minutes to 16:45. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham switch from 17:00 to 16:00. Changes to the match order of three fixtures were also made.

The times of the two quarter-finals at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff were also altered.

The most significant change to the Springbok match schedule was an adjustment to their opening fixture on September 19, 2015, against the top Asian qualifier at the Brighton Community Stadium. It moves from a 20:00 kick off to 16:45. This allowed for a universal match time across all the team’s round-robin matches.

The purpose of the earlier kick-off times was to allow for a stronger global broadcast platform for rugby’s showcase event, while simultaneously easing things for fans attending the matches.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer welcomed the changes to the match schedule and said it would assist the team in their preparations for the international spectacle.

“These changes will suit us well because all our pool matches will be at the same time, while the final stages will be only 45 minutes earlier, so this will simplify our preparation,” said Meyer. “On the initial match schedule our opening match was at 20:00, which would have required us to make adjustments to our training times following that match. But the new match schedule eliminates that challenge.”

The Springboks will take on Samoa on September 26 at Villa Park in Birmingham, Scotland on October 3 at St James’ Park in Newcastle and the USA on October 7 at the Olympic Stadium in London in their other three pool fixtures.

The Springboks’ RWC 2015 Pool B schedule:

Pool rounds:

Saturday, 19 Sept, 16:45 v Asia 1 - Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton

Saturday, 26 Sept, 16:45 v Samoa - Villa Park, Birmingham

Saturday, 3 Oct, 16:45 v Scotland - St James’ Park, Newcastle

Wednesday, 7 Oct, 16:45 v USA - Olympic Stadium, London

Quarter-finals:

QF1: Saturday, 17 October, 16:00 - W Pool B vs RU Pool A - Twickenham, London

QF2: Saturday, 17 October, 20:00 - W Pool C vs RU Pool D - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

QF3: Sunday, 18 October, 13:00 - W Pool D vs RU Pool C - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

QF4: Sunday, 18 October, 16:00 - W Pool A vs RU Pool B - Twickenham, London

Semi-finals:

Saturday, 24 October, 16:00 - W QF1 vs W QF2 - Twickenham, London

Sunday, 25 October, 16:00 - W QF3 vs W QF4 - Twickenham, London

Bronze final:

Friday, 30 October, 20:00 - Olympic Stadium, London

Final:

Saturday, 31 October, 16:00 - Twickenham, London

Read more on:    springboks  |  rwc 2015  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Stormers see red at Newlands

2016-04-30 22:37

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Pedal power to hit Kouga this May

Hundreds of adrenaline junkies will descend on Kouga this May for the annual action-packed MySpar Mountain Bike Classic.

 
 

Outdoor

Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!
The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?
Fixtures
11 June 2016
South Africa v Ireland, Cape Town 17:00
18 June 2016
South Africa v Ireland, Johannesburg 17:00
25 June 2016
South Africa v Ireland, PE 17:00
20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina, Nelspruit 17:00
27 August 2016
Argentina v South Africa, TBA 00:00
10 September 2016
Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 00:00
17 September 2016
New Zealand v South Africa, Addington, Christchurch 00:00
01 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Pretoria 17:00
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

The appointment of Allister Coetzee as the new Springboks coach is ...

 
 
/News
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.