Bok fixtures: Rassie faces daunting first year at the helm

2018-04-10 12:22
Rassie Erasmus (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - New Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus faces a daunting first year at the helm of the national side after their end of year fixtures were confirmed.

READ: All Blacks head for Loftus in 2018

Erasmus, who took over from Allister Coetzee earlier in the year, will begin his maiden season in charge against Wales in Washington DC on June 2, following which Eddie Jones' No-2 ranked England side arrive in the country for a three-Test tour on June 9 (Johannesburg), June 16 (Bloemfontein) and June 23 (Cape Town).

That will be followed by the Rugby Championship, starting on August 18, where the Boks will play two Tests against the No-1 ranked All Blacks, the fourth-ranked Wallabies and ninth-best Argentina - the lowest ranked side the Boks will play this year based on current rankings.

The Springboks will conclude their season with a tricky looking year-end tour to Europe.

With no Test this time around against 'easy-beats', the Italians - apart from in 2016 - the Boks will play England (for the fourth time in the year) at Twickenham on November 3, followed by Tests against eighth-ranked France (November 10), fifth-ranked Scotland (November 17) and seventh-best Wales (November 24).

Erasmus’ Boks are currently ranked sixth on the official World Rugby rankings.

That amounts to 14 Tests in 2018 for Erasmus in his maiden year.

It's worth remembering that Coetzee won 4 of 12 Tests in his first 12-month spell.

Read more on:    england  |  springboks  |  france  |  wales  |  scotland  |  rassie erasmus  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 02 June 2018
Wales v South Africa, RFK Stadium 23:00
Saturday, 09 June 2018
South Africa v England, Emirates Airline Park 17:05
Saturday, 16 June 2018
South Africa v England, Toyota Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 23 June 2018
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 18 August 2018
South Africa v Argentina, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Malvinas 21:10

Who would you like to see start in the No 10 jersey for the Springboks in the first Test against England in June?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

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.