Springboks to face England in repeat of 2023 Rugby World Cup semi-final

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus pictured during a training session.

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus says the end-of-year tour matches against Scotland, England and Wales will add spice to their 2024 fixtures. Picture: Adrian Dennis / AFP

Published Apr 22, 2024


The Springboks will line up against Rugby World Cup opponents, Scotland and England, before taking on Wales in the Outgoing Tour in November, with the last Tests confirmed on Monday.

The double world champions will kick off the tour on Sunday, 10 November in Edinburgh against the sixth-ranked Scotland – who they faced in the opening game of their 2023 RWC campaign – before taking on RWC semi-finalists England, currently ranked fifth in the world, in London on Saturday, 16 November, and then Wales (ranked 10th) in Cardiff, a week later on 23 November.

This will mark the first time the Springboks cross paths with Scotland since their 18-3 victory in Marseille in September last year, while it will be their first outing in Edinburgh since November 2021, which the Boks won 30-15.

The last time the Boks faced England at Twickenham was in November 2022, where they clinched a 27-13 victory, while they last lined up against Wales in Cardiff in a RWC warmup match, where they registered a record-breaking 52-16 victory.

The clash against Wales, meanwhile, will mark their second outing against their Welsh counterparts this year, as the teams will also line up in the Boks’ opening match of the season at Twickenham on Saturday, 22 June.

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus looked forward to an enthralling tour in November and said: “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.

“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.”

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

“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.”

Springbok fixtures:

Saturday, June 22: vs Wales (Twickenham, London)

Saturday, July 6: vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

Saturday, July 13: vs Ireland (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban)

Saturday, July 20: vs Portugal (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein)

Saturday, August 10: vs Australia (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)

Saturday, August 17: vs Australia (Optus Stadium, Perth)

Saturday, August 31: vs New Zealand (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)

Saturday, September 7: vs New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)

Saturday, September 21: vs Argentina v SA (away, venue TBC)

Saturday, September 28: vs Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)

Sunday, November 10: vs Scotland vs SA (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)

Saturday, November 16: vs England (Twickenham, London)

Saturday, November 23: vs Wales (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

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