Cheslin Kolbe Springboks v Wales

SA Rugby has confirmed that the Springbok squad to face Wales in their season-opening Test will be named on Tuesday, 18 June. Image: SA Rugby website

Date for Springbok team announcement to face Wales confirmed

SA Rugby has confirmed that the Springbok squad to face Wales in their season-opening Test will be named on Tuesday, 18 June.

Cheslin Kolbe Springboks v Wales

SA Rugby has confirmed that the Springbok squad to face Wales in their season-opening Test will be named on Tuesday, 18 June. Image: SA Rugby website

SA Rugby has confirmed that the Springbok squad to face Wales in their season-opening Test will be named on Tuesday, 18 June.

No time for the announcement of the squad was provided.

The Springboks will face Wales at Twickenham in London on Saturday, 22 June.

Kick-off is at 15:00 (SA time).

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Fixtures: 13 Tests in 2024

That Test will be followed by the Incoming Series which features back-to-back Tests against Ireland in Pretoria and Durban (on 6 and 13 July), and a historic first Test against Portugal in Bloemfontein on 20 July.

The Springboks will then turn their attention to the Rugby Championship where they will line up against Australia in Brisbane and Perth (on 10 and 17 August) before facing arch-rivals New Zealand on consecutive weekends in South Africa – in Johannesburg on 31 August and Cape Town on 7 September.

They will then make a short trip to Argentina where they will face the Pumas in Santiago (on 21 September) and then in Nelspruit on 28 September.

This will be followed by the traditional year-end tour featuring Tests against Scotland in Edinburgh (10 November), England in London (16 November) and Wales in Cardiff (23 November).

The Springboks will play 13 Tests in total in 2024.

Meanwhile, double Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe has rejoined his team-mates in Pretoria and will do his rehabilitation under the supervision of the Springbok medical staff with an eye on possibly being available for selection for the opening Test of the Incoming Tour against Ireland.

The speedster suffered a knee niggle during the Japanese club season, and after consultation with the Springbok medical team on Sunday, he was released on Monday to seek a specialist opinion.

Kolbe returned to camp on Wednesday afternoon to follow a rehabilitation programme.

Springbok training squad (in alphabetical order):

Forwards

Phepsi Buthelezi (Sharks), Joseph Dweba, Ben-Jason Dixon (both Stormers), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Eben Etzebeth (Sharks), Neethling Fouche (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Sharks), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Bongi Mbonambi (Sharks), Ntuthuko Mchunu (Sharks), Salmaan Moerat (Stormers), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat), Ox Nche (Sharks), Evan Roos (Stormers), Kwagga Smith (Blu Revs), Andre-Hugo Venter (Stormers), Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers)

Backs

Damian de Allende (Panasonic Wild Knights), Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins), Aphelele Fassi (Sharks), Jordan Hendrikse (Lions), Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (Stormers), Ethan Hooker (Sharks), Quan Horn (Lions), Cheslin Kolbe (Suntory Sungoliath) Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles), Manie Libbok (Stormers), Makazole Mapimpi, Siya Masuku (both Sharks), Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers), Morne van den Berg (Lions), Edwill van der Merwe (Lions), Grant Williams (Sharks)