Still riding the wave of euphoria following their triumphant Rugby World Cup title win in Japan in November, the Springboks have a thrilling Test series coming up on home soil.
The team will bid an emotional farewell to DHL Newlands in Cape Town in July, and will face the All Blacks in a brand-new venue in September, after SA Rugby confirmed the host stadiums for the Boks’ six home Tests in 2020 on Tuesday.
All three the Castle Lager Rugby Championship matches – against New Zealand, Australia and Argentina – will take place up north, while the three Tests in the Castle Lager Incoming Series – against Scotland and Georgia in a new Test window in July – will be hosted on the coast.
In what will be a final international at the oldest Test venue in the southern hemisphere, Newlands in Cape Town will host the Springboks for their first match since their memorable win over England in the Rugby World Cup final.
The two-match series against the Scots kicks off on July 4 in Cape Town, with the two sides meeting again a week later at Jonsson Kings Park in Durban.
That is followed by a historic first home Test for the Springboks against Georgia, at the majestic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Mandela Day (July 18).
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The Friendly City traditionally pulls in large crowds for Springbok Tests and the Boks can look forward to another good turnout against the Georgians.
The national team will also defend their Castle Lager Rugby Championship title, which starts with a match against Argentina at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on August 8.
The away match against the Pumas on August 15 is then followed by a visit to Australasia for the away fixtures against the Wallabies (August 29) and All Blacks (September 5), before the Boks return to South Africa for two home fixtures to complete their 2020 campaign.