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Boks in new four-team event

2012-12-06 18:15

Johannesburg - The Springboks will host Scotland, Samoa and Italy in a four-team tournament next year that will have two rugby Tests on the same day at the same stadium.

Wales and Scotland - again - will tour South Africa for mid-year internationals in 2014.

The South African Rugby Union announced the Springboks' home fixtures up to 2015 on Thursday and also said next season would be the first time the national body owns the Test matches. Previously, South Africa's provincial rugby unions were awarded international games to host at their home grounds and were able to commercialise them.

South Africa will start their 2013 international season on June 8 against Italy at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Scotland will play Samoa at the same stadium earlier the same day.

There will also be double-headers involving the four teams at Kings Park in Durban on June 15 and Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on June 22. Fans will be able to watch both games on each day for the price of one ticket, SARU said.

The Boks were also drawn with Scotland and Samoa in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.

SARU said it had previously been the only major rugby union not to own its home Tests matches, which were effectively sold to provinces to stage.

South Africa's national rugby body will now take money from ticket sales and "commercial activity" in and around the stadium. The fixtures were subject to terms being agreed between SARU and the host union, however.

"The key benefits will be in allowing us to plough a share of the profits back into all the provincial unions," SARU chief executive Jurie Roux said.

The Mbombela game will be the Springboks' first appearance at the colo-rful giraffe-and zebra-themed stadium built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

In next year's Rugby Championship, South Africa will host Argentina at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Australia at Newlands in Cape Town and world and southern hemisphere champions New Zealand at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg.

Wales will play two Tests in 2014 - in Johannesburg and Nelspruit - while Scotland will play a one-off game in Port Elizabeth.

The fixtures are:

2013 Incoming Tour:

•    Saturday, June 8 (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit): Scotland v Samoa; Springboks v Italy
•    Saturday, June 15 (Kings Park): Samoa v Italy; Springboks v Scotland
•    Saturday, June 22 (Loftus Versfeld): Team 3 v Team 4 ; Team 1 v Team 2

2013 Rugby Championship:


•    Saturday, August 17 (Free State Stadium): Springboks v Argentina
•    Saturday, September 28 (Newlands): Springboks v Australia
•    Saturday, October 5 (Coca-Cola Park): Springboks v New Zealand

2014 Fixtures (dates to be confirmed):

•   Incoming Tour: Springboks v Wales (Johannesburg)
•   Incoming Tour: Springboks v Wales (Nelspruit)
•   Incoming Tour: Springboks v Scotland (Port Elizabeth)
•   Rugby Championship: Springboks v Argentina (Pretoria)
•   Rugby Championship: Springboks v Australia (Cape Town)
•   Rugby Championship: Springboks v New Zealand (Johannesburg)

2015 Fixtures (no Incoming Tour due to Rugby World Cup):


•    Rugby Championship: Springboks v Argentina (Cape Town)
•    Rugby Championship: Springboks v Australia (Durban)
•    Rugby Championship: Springboks v New Zealand (Johannesburg)
 

AP

Comments
  • gavin.rip - 2012-12-06 19:01

    2016 Springboks vs All Blacks Newlands?

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-12-06 19:36

      Yes please!!!!!!!!

      Citroes - 2012-12-06 19:55

      Cape Town stadium rather.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-12-07 07:58

      That will be unfair! The All Blacks should only have 1 home game, not 2

  • Michael - 2012-12-06 19:28

    Quite clearly greed is alive and well and growing unchecked in the exclusive preserve that is rugby administration. It will be curious to see what fails first, the already overworked bodies of the players or the equally overworked purses of the fans...

      jean.viljoen.395 - 2012-12-06 19:40

      Can't agree more. Who the f**k cares about a tournament with these spaghetti rugby countries.... I care about one thing only. Extract from Wikipedia: "Up until the start of the professional era, the Springboks had won 21 tests to the All Blacks 18. In the 40 matches since the start of the professional era, the All Blacks have won 28 tests to the 12 of the Springboks" Case closed. Will start getting excited if that ratio is back to 50/50 or better...

      Citroes - 2012-12-06 20:00

      At least they are starting to take the power away from the unions. Its the biggest problem in our rugby that those mickey mouse amateur administrators get to make business decisions and hold control over SARU. Its a step in the right direction.

      CapeChappy - 2012-12-07 18:16

      I love the idea of more Springbok games, but they should seriously reduce the amount of S15 games. It has already become boring. In the past I would not miss a single game of Super 10 and then Super 12, but the new format is just waaaay too much. Watching 2nd and 3rd string players at the end of the season because of all the injuries cheapens the brand and insults the spectators who are paying for the rights.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-06 19:39

    Rugby overkill , by the end of the year tour these guys will be knackered

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-07 07:20

      so daspoort you implying the team will consist only of stormers??

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-06 20:04

    Bloody hell the Boks play the All Blacks 3 times in a row in Joburg in the RC.What's so special about that defunct mine dump of a place anyway?

      pat.cam.167 - 2012-12-06 20:41

      its the All Blacks new home ground, thats why

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-12-07 07:26

      Actually Cape Town stadium wiil be the new home ground of the All Blacks

  • eldon.beinart - 2012-12-06 21:01

    16 bok matches without the year end tour throw in super rugby and business end of currie cup the doctors and physios gonna be helluva busy !! Admin guys have lost the plot !

      gerrie.v.eeden - 2012-12-07 09:04

      That's 16 matches over three years... throw in three EOYT matches per year it still comes to 25 tests over three years. 8 tests a year is not that bad...

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-12-07 11:25

      Actually it will be 12 to 13 tests a year, depending on the end of year tour. Incoming tour=3 tests, Rugby Championship 3 home and 3 away games, end of year 3-4tests

  • slp.mulligan - 2012-12-06 21:09

    Perhaps the players will take a cut in salaries? Then perhaps less games and lower ticket prices. Can't see it happening; but let's blame the administrators because they are easy targets. Sure they make plenty of mistakes, but not every problem is their fault, they don't miss penalties, drop passes or miss tackles. But anyhoo...

  • bradley.blom - 2012-12-06 21:11

    June 15th, same day as top gear. Good luck trying to get there. Bunch off tools

  • erik.prinsloo.1 - 2012-12-06 21:53

    2012: Boks played 3 tests VS England in June. 2013: Boks to play Italy, Scotland in first two tests and then one of these or Samoa in third. Surely easier than 3 England tests!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-12-07 06:35

      MUCH easier. That's the point. (If there is one.)

  • steve.haag1 - 2012-12-06 22:31

    POOR OLD DURBAN NO CONCERTS NO RUGBY AND SHARKS HAVE WHAT 19 BOKS LOOKS LIKE ABS ONLY PLAY IN JHB. SCOTLAND BEST PLAYERS ON LIONS TOUR. SHOCKING

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-12-07 06:33

    Scotland Italy Samoa? Well, if you're going to stack the deck by playing three minnows and gimme-gimme easybeats in a whole new contest, you're going to boost your win-loss record to look quite respectable on paper, Meyer. But coming second-last in the Four Nations tells a far more accurate story of your coaching ability. Can't fool them all!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-07 07:22

      im sure meyer organised this whole tournament. not the money grubbing saru. obviously. you are an idiot

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-12-07 08:51

      hahaha that is the stupidest thing i have ever heard in my life...you moron. are you suggesting the national coaches organizes incoming and outbound tours? imagine HM cellphone bill.

  • Vuyolwethu Xapa - 2012-12-07 10:31

    Firstly, Pretoria has never been and will never be the home of south african rugby. Newlands is(Know ur history). 2ndly, how can cpt not have a test against the all blacks in 3yrs?ive lost all faith in saru

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-12-07 11:17

      Lost faith in SARU? Just like most cape maoris

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-12-07 10:34

    I dont know if I like more tests .............just a thought.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-12-07 11:16

      More games? Except for 2011(9games) we played 12 or more tests since 2003. In 2007 we played 17 tests

  • zane.blignaut - 2012-12-07 12:01

    Finally a test in Nelspruit.... Im definitely taking my son to his 1st ever bokkie game.... Im very happy about this

  • hermann.dill.3 - 2012-12-07 17:40

    What is with all you Springboks-fans? It will be great to see "pre-season" test matches against Scotland and Italy. It will be Springbok-style rugby all the way. And Samoa could be a classic. Their team is improving fast. And who can forget the WC game against Samoa last year? That was a battle! They deserve a test in South Africa.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-12-08 13:26

    Durban hs no tests, bumber. What gets me is that joburg is getting 5 All black tests in a row.

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