The Springboks line up for the anthem. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

The Springboks line up for the anthem. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Springboks face nearly THREE months away from home in 2023

The Springboks have opted to schedule three World Cup warm-up matches the month before they begin their title defence.

The Springboks line up for the anthem. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

The Springboks line up for the anthem. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

In July, the Springboks will take part in a shortened one-round Rugby Championship, and it shouldn’t be forgotten how South Africa won this tournament in 2019 before going on to clinch the Webb Ellis Cup that year.

The importance of building confidence and momentum in the Rugby Championship should not be underestimated, while the Springboks have also agreed to three interesting World Cup warm-up matches.


On 5 August, the Boks will take on Argentina at a venue in the South American country that’s still to be confirmed, while soon after they will then travel to the northern hemisphere to face Wales in Cardiff (19 August) and then New Zealand in a blockbuster London fixture (25 August).

It’s expected that the Springboks will then move over to their team base in France to begin their official build-up to their World Cup opener against Scotland on 10 September. Also in their pool, South Africa will face Romania, Ireland and Tonga.

These are the 10 confirmed fixtures for the Springboks to date, but of course they will be hoping to progress through to the final on 28 October in Paris. All in all, it means the team could be away from home for the better part of three months.

Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber said the national coaches have been hard at work with their planning for the international season where they will look to build on an encouraging 2022 season.

“The coaches have hit the ground running this year and we’ll continue to put in the hard yards as we attempt to ensure that we leave no stone unturned before the World Cup. We are on course in terms of finalising our planning for the season and we are excited about returning to the training field.”

An announcement on the venues of the Tests in New Zealand and Argentina, as well as the Boks’ training camps will be made in due course.

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Springboks 2023 fixtures:

Rugby Championship:
Saturday, 8 July – Springboks vs Australia (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Saturday, 15 July – Springboks vs New Zealand (venue TBC)
Saturday, 29 July – Springboks vs Argentina (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)

RWC warm-up fixtures:
Saturday, 5 August – Springboks v Argentina (venue TBC)
Saturday, 19 August – Springboks vs Wales (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)
Friday, 25 August – SA vs New Zealand (Twickenham, London)

RWC pool fixtures:
Sunday, 10 September – Boks v Scotland (Stade Velodrome, Marseille)
Sunday, 17 September – Boks v Romania (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)
Saturday, 23 September – Boks v Ireland (Stade de France, Paris)
Sunday, 1 October – Boks 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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Springboks secure the ball at a lineout. World Cup
Eben Etzebeth secures the ball at a lineout. Photo: Gallo Images.