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Jasper Wiese and Frans Steyn of the Boks. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Where will the Springboks play in the 2023 Test season?

The Springboks will play just two Test matches on home soil in 2023 with Ellis Park and Loftus the grounds chosen to host those matches.

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Jasper Wiese and Frans Steyn of the Boks. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

The Springboks will play just two Test matches on home soil in 2023 with Ellis Park and Loftus the grounds chosen to host those matches.

A pair of Rugby Championship Tests will have to suffice for local fans of the Springboks.

Two home Tests for rugby fans in 2023

The Springboks are scheduled to face the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday 8 July as part of the Rugby Championship.

Argentina also visit for a Rugby Championship engagement.

“Loftus Versfeld and Ellis Park are iconic stadiums, and we thoroughly enjoy the fanatic support from the home crowds at these venues, so we are thrilled to start off what is a vital season for the team at these stadiums,” Bok coach Jacques Nienaber said in a statement.

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“These Rugby Championship matches are going to be crucial as we look to get our Rugby World Cup season off to a good start and playing against New Zealand away and Australia and Argentina on the highveld will be ideal for our preparation.

“All three sides will enter the international spectacle in France among a handful of teams that will be considered potential contenders for the title, so we are expecting a thorough test throughout the campaign.”

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The Springboks line up for the anthem. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

South Africa will play a RWC warm-up match in Argentina before playing Wales away and the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus was happy with the schedule.

“Playing against Argentina in South America is unique as they have a very passionate home crowd that brings the best out of their team, so that environment will serve as good preparation for our team with an eye on the Rugby World Cup, especially after getting a taste of the atmosphere we can expect at the international extravaganza in our match against France in Marseille last November,” Erasmus said.

Springbok 2023 fixtures:

Rugby Championship:

1.Saturday, 8 July – Springboks v Australia (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

2. Saturday, 15 July – New Zealand v Springboks (venue TBA)

3. Saturday, 29 July – Springboks v Argentina (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)

RWC warm-up fixtures:

4.Saturday, 5 August – Argentina v Springboks (venue TBA)

5.Saturday, 19 August – Wales v Springboks (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

6.Friday, 25 August – Springboks v New Zealand (Twickenham, London)

RWC pool fixtures:

Sunday, 10 September – Springboks v Scotland (Stade Velodrome, Marseille)

Sunday, 17 September – Springboks v Romania (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)

Saturday, 23 September – Springboks v Ireland (Stade de France, Paris)

Sunday, 1 October – Springboks v Tonga (Stade Velodrome, Marseille)

Weekend of 14/15 October – Quarter-finals

Weekend of 21/22 October – Semi-finals

Saturday, 28 October – Final

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