Head-to-head: Boks lead All Blacks in Durban

2015-11-09 10:30
Jesse Kriel on the charge against New Zealand (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The All Blacks will return to Durban for the first time in seven years when they face the Springboks in a Rugby Championship Test at Kings Park next year.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) last Friday confirmed that the back-to-back Rugby World Cup champions will move away from Johannesburg for the first time since 2011 when they meet the Boks in the Rugby Championship on October 8, 2016.

The All Blacks will look to continue their recent dominance over the Springboks.

Since Heyneke Meyer took charge of the Boks in 2012, the South Africans have lost seven times to their arch-rivals, with their sole victory coming at Ellis Park last year.

Overall, the All Blacks now boast a healthy 53-35 win-loss record over the Springboks, with three draws.

Ahead of next year’s Test, Sport24 has taken a look at the Springboks’ record against All Blacks in Durban.

Overall, the Boks boast a 5-3 win-loss record in the coastal city, with the first two Tests - in 1928 and 1949 - played at Kingsmead cricket ground.

In Tests at Kings Park, the spoils are shared 3-3.

Springboks’ Test record against New Zealand in Durban:

1928: Kingsmead, won 17-0

1949: Kingsmead, won 9-3

1976: Kings Park, won 16-7

1996: Kings Park, lost 19-23

1998: Kings Park, won 24-23

2002: Kings Park, lost 23-30

2007: Kings Park, lost 21-26

2009: Kings Park, won 31-19

Springbok home fixtures in 2016:

Incoming series v Ireland

June 11: South Africa v Ireland (1st Test), Newlands, Cape Town

June 18: South Africa v Ireland (2nd Test), Ellis Park, Johannesburg

June 25: South Africa v Ireland (3rd Test), Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Rugby Championship (home fixtures)

August 20: South Africa v Argentina, Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

October 1: South Africa v Australia, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

October 8: South Africa v New Zealand, Kings Park, Durban


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