The Springboks will host the All Blacks in two Rugby Championship Tests later this year, SA Rugby has confirmed. The All Blacks will return to South Africa for the first time in four years to take on the world champions Springboks in two clashes as part of the 2022 Rugby Championship in August.
The rugby governing body on Tuesday announced the Springboks’ home Test schedule for 2022, with Wales also visiting South Africa for three Tests in July.
The Boks will play two home Rugby Championship Tests against New Zealand – at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit (6 August) and Ellis Park in Johannesburg (13 (August) – and one against Argentina at Kings Park in Durban (24 September).
It will be the first time since 2018 that the All Blacks visit these shores.
Siya Kolisi’s charges will also travel for two away Rugby Championship Tests against Australia at yet to be determined venues (27 August and 3 September) and one away encounter against Argentina in Buenos Aires (17 September).
The Welsh, meanwhile, are set to return to South Africa for the first time since 2014 as the Boks kick off their season with three Tests against the Dragons – at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria (2 July), Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein (9 July) and Cape Town Stadium (16 July).
Incoming Series (kick-off times TBC):
Saturday, 2 July: Springboks v Wales – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Saturday, 9 July: Springboks v Wales – Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday, 16 July: Springboks v Wales – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Rugby Championship (kick-off times TBC):
Saturday, 6 August: Springboks v New Zealand – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Saturday, 13 August: Springboks v New Zealand – Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, 27 August: Australia v Springboks – venue TBC
Saturday, 3 September: Australia v Springboks – venue TBC
Saturday, 17 September: Argentina v Springboks – Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Saturday, 24 September: Springboks v Argentina – Kings Park, Durban
The Springboks defeated Wales 23-18 in the opening match in Cardiff last year, while they had mixed results against the All Blacks, going down 19-17 in Townsville before registering a 31-29 victory in their final Rugby Championship match in Gold Coast.
Nienaber’s charges won both matches against Argentina in the competition — by 32-12 and 29-10 in Nelson Mandela Bay — but they went down to Australia last year (28-26 in Gold Coast and 30-17 in Brisbane).