England tour dates confirmed

2012-04-17 10:13

Cape Town - England will play midweek tour matches in Kimberley and Potchefstroom during their three Test series against the Springboks in June, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed on Monday.

The series is a return to “traditional-style” touring which will see an England midweek team play matches on the platteland as well as Tests in Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

England will meet a SA Barbarians South team in an afternoon match in Kimberley on Wednesday, June 13 and six days later play a SA Barbarians North team in an evening kick off in Potchefstroom.

“I think all rugby fans will be excited by the idea of having England on tour in South Africa for five matches over three weeks,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.

“South Africa has not hosted a three-Test tour against a single nation since the visit of New Zealand in 1996, so this will be a special occasion for all of us. The Rugby Football Union has also agreed to two midweek matches, which gives us the opportunity to take international rugby away from the major metropolitan centres.

“It also presents a chance for players outside of the Springbok and Vodacom Super Rugby camps to demonstrate their ability against top-flight international opposition.”

Roux said that the teams would be selected from the players of the eight Absa Currie Cup First Division teams. The coaches will be appointed in due course.

The England series takes place during a Vodacom Super Rugby shutdown across the Southern Hemisphere.  New Zealand host Ireland in three Tests and Wales are on tour in Australia at the same time.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “This will be a massive and exciting challenge for us. England have never had a three-Test series in South Africa and, with two midweek games against opponents who will be desperate to impress, these five games gives us a great opportunity for a wider group of players to put their hat in the ring and gain international experience.

“We were pleased with the progress we made in the RBS 6 Nations and this tour is another important step on the journey towards 2015.”

England arrive in South Africa on May 31. The full fixture schedule is:

•    Saturday, 9 June: South Africa v England (1st Test), Mr Price King’s Park, Durban (kick off 17:00)
•    Wednesday, 13 June: SA Barbarians South v England, GWK Park, Kimberley (kick off 15:00)
•    Saturday, 16 June:  South Africa v England (2nd Test), Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg (kick off 17:00)
•    Tuesday, 19 June: SA Barbarians North v England, Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom (kick off 19:10)
•    Saturday, 23 June:  South Africa v England (3rd Test), Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth (kick off 17:00)


  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-17 10:20

    Interesting choice to use only players from the First Division, thought it may be a good idea to bleed in a few youngsters who dont make the Bok Squad. Bring on the Poms Bit concerned that HM may to be choosing the exact side that played for Snor bat JS

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-17 10:40

      jy bedoel seker, "bring on de other poms..."-pom poepsak

  • Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-17 10:28

    The mid week games are ideal to test the likes of Etzebeth, CJ, Arno, Kolisi, to mention a few!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-17 10:44

      too many Province players in your selection

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-17 10:52

      @Rene, etzebeth, kolisi, weepee???? nou hoekom wil jy di klom streepies bandiete & losers 'n kans gee?? hulle staan net rond op di veld en hoop dat di ref hul jammer kry?? laat hulle soos al di ander toeskouers kaartjies betaal!! weepee jo leke deng

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 10:55

      Great comments Jap and Charlie boy,keep it up!!!! Rene,correct,it is a perfect opportunity to give the youngsters a go against the Poms!!!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-17 11:03

      @Charlie, Japjap, kom nou, as ons Bok rugby praat, praat ons almal EEN taal. Daai 2 v.d. WP het ek met moeite genoem, maar hulle behoort daar te wees - weet net nie of HM sal saamstem nie (ek dink hy is klaar pee'd off met die klomp Stormers wat hom so kritiseer)

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-17 11:13

      aag @Rene jy't so goeie hart, gee altyd om vir di agtergeblewenes... laat di twee nou maar saam kom en lemoene opdra half tyd. trek net iets ordentliks vir hulle aan, om hul skaamte te bedek.??

      Champ - 2012-04-17 11:20

      Rene, soos ek dit verstaan sal Etzebeth, CJ, Arno Kolisi, ens nie gekies kan word nie, aangesien hulle Premier Division/ en of Superrugby speel, en die midweek Barbarian-spanne gekies gaan word uit Eerste Divisie spelers :)

      Deon - 2012-04-17 11:57

      Champ is correct, they won't make the teams unless they get dropped.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-17 12:01

      @Champ, dis nuus vir my! Waar het jy dit gehoor/gelees?

      Deon - 2012-04-17 12:45

      7de Paragraaf: "Roux said..."

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-17 12:57

      @Deon, tx - speed reading letting me down! Anyway, this is good for them, not so good for the mentioned youngsters though... but they will get their chance!!

      Champ - 2012-04-17 14:41

      @Rene: toemaar, ek het dit ook eers misgelees en eers besef toe ek kyk wat/wie is Eerste en Premier.

  • Tyron - 2012-04-17 10:48

    Is SARU that pissed-off at the WPRU (about the move to the CT Stadium) that no games are allocated to Newlands? Us CT folks will have to watch every game via TV.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-17 11:05

      @Tyron, there are other beautiful stadia in the country other than CT. Give the other folk also an opportunity!!

      andriescombrinck - 2012-04-17 11:37

      You guys are getting a test vs Argentina

  • Japjapjap - 2012-04-17 11:01

    SARU mag net vir provinsies & stadions toetse gee, wat di super beker al gewen het! loser spannetjies(oa weepee) en hul ondersteuners, moet betaal om te kom kyk hoe di blou bokke wen! hulle sal net di sekeruteit geweldig moet opskerp as di papsakke & sitbokke hier natoe kom op suipel...

  • Walter - 2012-04-17 11:02

    To be quite honest, I'd like to see a scrapping of the tri-nations and get back to the traditional tours of years gone by with 4 tests and a match against each major province. However, I guess TV and the professional ranks now dictate and I'll just have to carry on dreaming.

      Selma - 2012-04-17 12:07


  • DerekNVB - 2012-04-17 11:48

    Ek wonner wie gaan ons Baa-Baa's afrig?

      Deon - 2012-04-17 12:47

      Seker Kings se man.

  • Marnus - 2012-04-17 13:26

    SA Rugby is like the rest of the people in \senior positions\ in our country, they make choices/decisions based on no logic at all...the best supported rugby unions namely the Bulls and Stormers get no recognition for what they do for rugby in this country. The Lions with their 16 supporters get to host a game...if you can't make the effort to go to a S15 game why be given the option to go to a Test?

      Bootman - 2012-04-17 13:46

      Agree Marnus. One of these tests should have been at Newlands. I would have loved to see, in person, the English wipping Heynekes geriatrics. Now I have to wait for Argentina to do it.

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