Springboks to face every home nation in 2024 with November Tests officially confirmed

Dylan Coetzee
Springboks players sing the national anthem.

Springboks players sing the national anthem.

The Springboks will officially face every home nation in 2024 after Tests against Scotland, England and Wales in November were confirmed on Monday.

Rassie Erasmus’ men begin their northern tour on November 10 against Scotland in an intriguing battle at Murrayfield before travelling to Twickenham the following weekend for a clash against recent Rugby World Cup rivals England. The proceedings close out against Wales on November 23 in what is their last Test of the year.

“Fantastic” experience

The Springboks will have already faced Wales by then with a Qatar Cup match scheduled against Warren Gatland’s side on June 22 at Twickenham due to a Taylor Swift concert in Cardiff.

The game falls outside of the Test window meaning Erasmus will not have any overseas players available, while there is also an overlap with the United Rugby Championship final which could influence availability.

“As a team, we want to measure ourselves against the top sides in the world consistently, and facing Scotland, Wales, and England on the year-end tour, two of which we faced in the World Cup, will be fantastic for the team and the players,” Erasmus said.

“Wales may have had a disappointing Six Nations campaign, while Scotland won two of their five matches and England three, but they are always a force to be reckoned with at home, so we know we have to be at the top of our game when we line up against them.”

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Massive mid-year

Following the Wales clash, the back-to-back world champions welcome Six Nations holders Ireland to South Africa for a highly anticipated two-Test series that will firmly answer the question of which team is the world’s best. A historic first Test against Portugal completes the mid-year window.

Sandwiched between the mid-year Tests and November tour is the Rugby Championship including a lengthy trip to Australia and two All Blacks matches in South Africa. Erasmus is raring to go in what will be an exciting season for the world number one side.

“We have a challenging season ahead, which features home Test series against Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Series and New Zealand in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, as well a Test against Portugal, two matches against Australia and Argentina, respectively,” he said.

“To face Scotland, England and Wales at the end of the year will certainly spice things up for the team, so we are really looking forward to the season.”

2024 Springboks fixtures

Saturday, 22 June: Springboks vs Wales (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 6 July: Springboks vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Saturday, 13 July: Springboks vs Ireland (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban)
Saturday, 20 July: Springboks vs Portugal (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein)
Saturday, 10 August: Australia vs Springboks (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
Saturday, 17 August: Australia vs Springboks (Optus Stadium, Perth)
Saturday, 31 August: Springboks vs New Zealand (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
Saturday, 7 September: Springboks v New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)
Saturday, 21 September: Argentina v Springboks (venue TBC)
Saturday, 28 September: Springboks v Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
Sunday, 10 November: Scotland vs Springboks (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
Saturday, 16 November: England vs Springboks (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 23 November: Wales vs Springboks (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

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