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Springbok players line up for the anthem. Image via Instagram @v

First Springbok Rugby Champs game kicks off at 6:45am!

The Rugby Championship kick-off times have been confirmed, with the Springboks opening their campaign against Australia in Brisbane.

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Springbok players line up for the anthem. Image via Instagram @v

The world champion Springboks have a blockbuster Test schedule ahead of them, with 12 fixtures already confirmed for 2024, while a 13th is still expected to be added for the end-of-year tour.

There will be great anticipation for the two-Test series against an in-form Ireland side in July, but plenty of expectation will also revolve around the Springboks’ performance in the Rugby Championship.

A key goal for the Springboks is to continue evolving and improving, and there will of course be great excitement about a World Cup final rematch against New Zealand.

The All Blacks have a new coach at the helm in Scott Robertson and are almost certain to be the Springboks’ biggest threat in the tournament, with a mouthwatering clash in Cape Town scheduled for 7 September.

However, before that, the Springboks will open their campaign against the Wallabies – who also have a new coach in Joe Schmidt – with this fixture in Brisbane notably kicking off as early as 6:45am in South Africa.

You can see all of the Springbok kick-off times below:


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

*A report from French media outlet Midi Olympique has suggested France will face the Springboks on 2 November.

Erasmus has restructured the Springboks’ management team since the conclusion of the World Cup, and they will first be in action against Wales at Twickenham on 22 June.

“We’ve reviewed what it takes to be at the cutting edge of the game and we’ve repurposed the management structure to put as much resource as we can into the technical side of the game,” said Erasmus.

“The players will continue to get the necessary off-field support, but we wanted to make sure that we had the right roles filled to make sure that the main thing stays the main thing.

“This is a watershed year for South African rugby with the off-field developments that are being discussed and it’s our job to make sure that everything remains on track on the field,” said Erasmus.

“I’m excited about the coaching and management team we’ve put together and really looking forward to getting out there once again.”

Springbok Management:
Rassie Erasmus: Head Coach
Charles Wessels: Team Manager
Mzwandile Stick: Assistant Coach
Daan Human: Assistant Coach
Deon Davids: Assistant Coach
Tony Brown: Assistant Coach
Jerry Flannery: Assistant Coach
Andy Edwards: Head of Athletic Performance
Sebastian Prim: Sport Scientist
Paddy Sullivan: Performance Analyst
Lindsay Weyer: Technical Analyst
Jaco Peyper: Laws and Discipline Advisor
Dr Jerome Lehlogonolo Mampane: Team Doctor
Dr Aneurin Robyn: Physiotherapist
Rene Naylor: Physiotherapist
JJ Fredericks: Logistics Manager
Zintsika Tashe: Operations Manager
Zeena Isaacs van Tonder: Media Manager