JHB, Durban get Bok Tests

2014-12-12 10:09
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Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Friday confirmed the home venues for the 2015 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

The Springboks will play New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park (formerly Ellis Park), Johannesburg, on Saturday, July 25 and Argentina at Kings Park, Durban, on Saturday, August 8.

The schedule was amended as a result of the condensing of the Rugby Championship competition to three rounds because of the Rugby World Cup, which begins in mid-September. 

Durban was due to host the Springboks’ home match against Australia - which was one of the matches to be removed from the schedule.

It will now receive the visiting Pumas while Western Province, which was due to host that Test, will be the venue for a match against a World XV on either August 22 or 29.

The match against New Zealand was always scheduled to be held in Johannesburg.

SARU CEO Jurie Roux said that the recent practice of hosting New Zealand only at Johannesburg venues had been reviewed during the allocation process.

“Member unions have made a case for hosting the draw-card of a Springbok v All Blacks match at their venue and we have heard them,” he said.

“In the next round of allocations from 2016 onwards that fixture will be moving around the country including to coastal unions such as Western Province and the Sharks.”

Springbok fixtures in 2015:

Saturday, July 18: Australia v South Africa - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (Rugby Championship)
Saturday, July 25: South Africa v New Zealand - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg (Rugby Championship)
Saturday, August 8: South Africa v Argentina - Kings Park, Durban (Rugby Championship)
Saturday, August 15: Argentina v South Africa - Venue TBC (Test)
Saturday, August 22 or 29: South Africa v World XV - Newlands, Cape Town (Friendly)
Saturday, September 19: South Africa v Japan - Brighton (Rugby World Cup)
Saturday, September 26: South Africa v Samoa - Birmingham (Rugby World Cup)
Saturday, October 3: South Africa v Scotland - Newcastle (Rugby World Cup)
Saturday, October 7: South Africa v USA - London (Rugby World Cup)

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