Cape Town - Current Six Nations champions Ireland will play a three-Test series against the Springboks in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth in June 2016, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced on Friday.
SARU also confirmed that back-to-back Rugby World Cup champions, New Zealand, would venture away from Johannesburg for the first time since 2011 when they meet the Springboks at Kings Park in Durban, on October 8 in the Rugby Championship.
Rugby World Cup finalists Australia return to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, while their semi-final opponents, Argentina, will venture into new territory for the Pumas, in Nelspruit, when they take on the Boks in the opening round of the Rugby Championship on August 20.
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