South Africa: Springboks set to play their first-ever Test in Adelaide against the Wallabies

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South Africa will play a Test in Adelaide for the first time when they face the Wallabies in the first of their two Rugby Championship fixtures in Australia on Saturday, August 27, while their second Test is scheduled for the following week on Saturday, September 3 in New South Wales (venue to be confirmed).

The Boks‘ destinations were confirmed by Rugby Australia and SA Rugby announced that every one of the Boks’ home Tests will start at 17:05 (local time).

South Africa will host Wales in a three-Test series in July – in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town – as well as three Rugby Championship internationals. Two of those will be against New Zealand – in Nelspruit (August 6) and Johannesburg (August 13) – and the final match of the tournament against Argentina in Durban on September 24.

Keen to play in Adelaide

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber is excited about his team’s first appearance in Adelaide, and returning to New South Wales for the first time in more than a decade in the Rugby Championship.

He believes it will be great for the team, who have become used to playing most of their Tests against the Wallabies in Brisbane and Perth during the last few years.

“We are very excited about playing in Adelaide for the first time and hopefully we can make the most of this occasion in a season that will be vital as we build towards to the Rugby World Cup in France next year,” said Nienaber.

“The players enjoyed the experience of playing four Tests in Queensland last year, and Adelaide will present another exciting new challenge for the team, while the last time we played the Wallabies in New South Wales, was back in 2011 in Sydney.

“It also offers us the opportunity to start on a new slate at a fresh venue in a country that we have come to know very well over the years.”

Nienaber also said the confirmation of the kick-off times for his team’s home Tests will assist them with their planning.

“Matchdays are very structured for us, and every minute counts in ensuring that the players perform to their optimal ability when the starting whistle sounds, so the kick-off times allows us to finetune our planning even more as the countdown begins to the international season,” he added.

Springbok fixtures and South African kick-off times

Incoming series fixtures:

Saturday, July 2: Springboks v Wales – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – 17:05 local time

Saturday, July 9: Springboks v Wales – Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein – 17:05 local time

Saturday, July 16: Springboks v Wales – DHL Stadium, Cape Town – 17:05 local time

Rugby Championship fixtures:

Saturday, August 6: Springboks v New Zealand – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit – 17:05 local time

Saturday, August 13: Springboks v New Zealand – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg – 17:05 local time

Saturday, August 27: Springboks v Australia – venue tbc

Saturday, September 3: Springboks v Australia – venue tbc

Saturday, September 17: Springboks v Argentina – Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

Saturday, September 24: Springboks v Argentina – Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban – 17:05 local time

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