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Springboks and the All Blacks. Image via Instagram @allblacks

Springboks, All Blacks to renew tours every four years – report

Tours between the Springboks and All Blacks could be revived, which would include three Tests plus midweek games every four years.

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Springboks and the All Blacks. Image via Instagram @allblacks

For quite some time there has been talks around possibly reinstating the iconic All Blacks-Springboks tours of old, which could effectively mirror the type of marquee series that currently take place with the British & Irish Lions.

According to the NZ Herald, Sanzaar bosses met in Sydney two weeks ago as talks have continued to advance, while NZR chief executive Mark Robinson also confirmed the plans to bring tours back.

“There’s been some talk around All Blacks and Springboks tours. We’re continuing to talk about those opportunities,” Robinson said.

“That was part of the conversations we had last week in Sydney. It potentially has some impact around the nature of what a traditional Rugby Championship looks like, so how do we work through with all the partners involved to make sure something like that can be additive for all the teams across the Sanzaar joint venture.

“It’s definitely something that’s on the radar. There’s a bit more work to do at this stage.”

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What would a Springboks-All Blacks tour schedule look like?

The reported initial plan would be to hold tours every four years, with the first tour possibly taking place as soon as 2026 in South Africa. The Springboks could then travel to New Zealand and face the All Blacks and the kiwi Super Rugby teams in 2030, a year after the British & Irish Lions tour.

Springboks’ move into Six Nations off the table – report

The prospects of the Springboks joining the Six Nations seem to have been scuppered due to an impasse with the tournament’s investors.

For quite some time there has been continued speculation that the world champion Springboks could join the Six Nations from as early as next year.

With South Africa’s domestic teams having moved into northern hemisphere competition via the likes of the United Rugby Championship, Challenge and Champions Cup, it does seem that the logical next step is for the Springboks to join the Six Nations. 

South Africa is committed to Sanzaar until 2025, but speculation about their potential inclusion in the Six Nations from next year onwards does continue to crop up.

However, according to Sunday newspaper Rapport, the possible move to the Six Nations now no longer seems viable.

Apparently talks have stalled with CVC Capital Partners – a major stakeholder in the Six Nations – over an investment in SA Rugby. With negotiations apparently reaching a stalemate, it’s reported to be a potential deal-breaker in terms of the Springboks’ Six Nations prospects.

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