Springboks Wales Twickenham London 22 June 2024

The Springboks will return to the field for the first time since last year’s Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham against Wales in June 2024. Photo: SA RUgby website

London Town, the Springboks are coming: SA to launch season against Wales at Twickers

Official: The Springboks are London-bound, where the world champions will start their 2024 Test campaign with a showdown against Wales at Twickenham.

Springboks Wales Twickenham London 22 June 2024

The Springboks will return to the field for the first time since last year’s Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham against Wales in June 2024. Photo: SA RUgby website

The back-to-back world champion Springboks will return to action for the first time since the Rugby World Cup when they take the field at the iconic Twickenham Stadium in London for a blockbuster Test against Wales on Saturday, 22 June 2024.

Tickets will go on general sale on Friday, 23 February at 10:00 (12:00 SA time) via Ticketmaster, Ticketek and the RFU.

The match in London for the Qatar Airways Cup will serve as the ideal preparation for the Incoming Series, which starts two weeks later with the first of two Tests against world No 2 Ireland.

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The match will mark a repeat of the Springboks’ 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham, which South Africa won by 23-19.

The last time the Springboks crossed paths with Wales was in a RWC warm-up match in Cardiff in August last year, when they registered a record-breaking 52-16 victory – which surpassed their previous best of 22 points (34-12) against the Welsh outfit recorded in 2007.

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It is the second year in a row the Springboks will play a Test on neutral territory in London after inflicting their heaviest defeat ever on the All Blacks with their 35-7 victory in front of a passionate 80 827-strong crowd at Twickenham in their final RWC warm-up match in August last year when they also lifted the Qatar Airways Cup.

The London Test will be followed by a challenging two-match series against Ireland in Pretoria (6 July) and Durban (13 July), and their first Test against Portugal a week later in Bloemfontein in the closing match of the incoming series.


Coach Rassie Erasmus – who steered the team to Rugby World Cup glory in Japan in 2019 and the title defence in France last year – was elated about the Welsh match and said it was the perfect launchpad for an exciting 2024 season.

“We are thrilled to return to Twickenham in what will mark our first Test since the Rugby World Cup final in France,” said Erasmus.

“We have very fond memories of the RWC warm-up Test we played against the All Blacks at Twickenham last year. The atmosphere and occasion were truly remarkable, and we are expecting a very similar experience in June.

“Playing against Wales, who we have faced there before in an exhilarating 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final, will bring back plenty of other memories as well.

“We may be playing on foreign territory, but we enjoy fantastic support from the expat community in London and its surrounds, as we saw last year where most of the supporters donned green and gold, so we are really looking forward to the match.” 

The Springboks boss said the fact that Wales hit the ground running following their Six Nations campaign by the time the teams meet, added to the significance of the encounter, especially with back-to-back clashes lined up against Ireland soon after.

“The Six Nations is an extremely competitive series, much like the Rugby Championship, and we have seen in the last few years what a force Wales can be,” said Erasmus. 

“Most of the matches between the sides dating back to 2008 have been decided by fewer than 10 points and some of those by fewer than five points. They also lost out narrowly against Scotland and England in their opening Six Nations matches, so they’ll come out guns blazing.

“They are currently ranked eighth in the world, and they also progressed to the World Cup quarter-final last year, so this will be the ideal preparation for us to switch into gear for the Castle Lager Incoming Series.”

Erasmus, who steered the Springboks to back-to-back World Cup titles, was pleased with the preparation behind the scenes by his new Bok coaching team and said they were raring to go.

“Everyone has been hard at work analysing the opposition for the international season since we finalised the new coaching team, and we cannot wait to start the season,” said the former Springbok flanker. 

“We have four months to get our structures and systems in place, and we will leave no stone unturned as we embark on this new journey to build toward to the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Australia.”

Updated Springbok fixtures:

Saturday, 22 June: Springboks vs Wales (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 6 July: SA vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Saturday, 13 July: SA vs Ireland (Kings Park, Durban)
Saturday, 20 July: Springboks 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: Springboks vs New Zealand (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)
Saturday, 7 September: SA v New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)
Saturday, 21 September: Argentina v SA (venue TBC)
Saturday, 28 September: Springboks v Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
16/17 November: England v SA (Twickenham, London – date TBC)

General admission tickets go on sale from Friday, 23 February at 10:00 – visit  Ticketmaster, Ticketek or RFU to secure your seat.

Each ticket will cover entry for both South Africa vs Wales and Barbarians vs Fiji on Saturday, 22 June, starting from just £55* for adults and £28* for Under-16s.

For a 10% discount on groups of 10 or more, please visit www.eticketing.co.uk/rfu/events.

Hospitality packages are also available now, starting from £179 per person – visit www.twickenhamstadium.com to purchase now. 

* booking fees apply, and the match is “subject to World Rugby approval”

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