Cape Town - The Springboks will start their 2016 international season with a home series against Ireland.
This was confirmed last week when the South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed the home venues for next season’s Springbok matches.
The first match is scheduled for Newlands, Cape Town on June 11, before Tests at Ellis Park (Johannesburg, June 18) and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth, June 25).
It will be the first time ever that the two nations face each other in a three-Test series.
Over the years, South Africa and Ireland have played each other in 22 Tests, with the Boks boasting a 16-5 win-loss record, with one match ending in a draw.
Ireland toured South Africa for two Tests in 1981, 1998 and 2004. They also visited the country for a one-off Test in 1961.
The Irish are also yet to beat the Boks in seven Tests in South Africa - their best effort a 12-10 reverse at Kings Park in 1981.
But Ireland will take heart from the fact that they have beaten the Boks in four of their last six encounters - although all those wins came in Ireland.
Springboks’ Test match record v Ireland:
November 8, 2014: Aviva Stadium, Dublin - lost 29-15
November 10, 2012: Aviva Stadium, Dublin - won 16-12
November 6, 2010: Aviva Stadium, Dublin - won 23-21
November 28, 2009: Croke Park, Dublin - lost 15-10
November 11, 2006: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - lost 32-15
November 13, 2004: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - lost 17-12
June 19, 2004: Newlands, Cape Town - won 26-17
June 12, 2004: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - won 31-17
November 19, 2000: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - won 28-18
November 28, 1998: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - won 27-13
June 20, 1998: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - won 33-0
June 13, 1998: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - won 37-13
June 6, 1981: King's Park, Durban - won 12-10
May 30, 1981: Newlands, Cape Town - won 23-15
January 10, 1970: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - draw 8-8
April 10, 1965: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - lost 9-6
May 13, 1961: Newlands, Cape Town - won 24- 8
December 17, 1960: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - won 8-3
December 8, 1951: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - won 17-5
December 19, 1931: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - won 8-3
November 30, 1912: Lansdowne Road, Dublin - won 38-0
November 24, 1906: Balmoral Showgrounds, Belfast - won 15-12
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