Rugby: World champions South Africa to play New Zealand and Ireland in 2024 test matches


In a thrilling rugby calendar for 2024, the Springboks, fresh off their world championship triumph, are set to face formidable rivals in a series of Tests that promise excitement and anticipation for fans.

The stage is set for a blockbuster two-Test series against arch-rivals New Zealand, currently ranked third in the world. The clashes are scheduled to take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, showcasing a fierce battle between the re-crowned World Champions and the perennially strong All Blacks.

Adding to the excitement, the Boks will renew their burgeoning rivalry with Ireland, the world’s second-ranked team. The series kicks off in Pretoria and moves to Durban, setting the tone for a spectacular season opener as the reigning Six Nations champions make their first visit to South Africa in eight years.

Breaking new ground, South Africa will take on Portugal for the first time in an international match. The clash against Os Lobos (the Wolves) is scheduled for July 20, with the venue yet to be confirmed, promising a historic encounter that will test the Boks against an emerging nation.

The Test schedule continues with a return to the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, where Argentina will make a comeback to the Lowveld after an eight-year hiatus. This encounter will conclude the Castle Lager Rugby Championship in September, offering fans a reprise of the Mbombela Test-week experience from 2022.

The Springboks’ home Test season for 2024 kicks off on July 6 against Ireland at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, marking their return to international action after a 252-day pause. The two teams will face off again on July 13 at Hollywoodbets Kings Park in Durban, aiming to set the tone for an exciting series.

The showdown against New Zealand in August will see the Boks striving for a third successive victory over the All Blacks, with matches at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg and the DHL Stadium in Cape Town. The Boks have their sights set on a historic achievement, aiming for their first three successive victories over New Zealand since 2009.

The home Test season concludes at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit in September, where the Pumas of Argentina will be the final challenge for the Springboks on home soil. The team’s impressive record at the Lowveld venue adds to the anticipation, setting the stage for an unforgettable conclusion to a thrilling Test season.

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