Jacques Nienaber

The Springboks will end 20 months of international isolation on Friday, 2 July when they host Georgia at Loftus Versfeld. Photo: Twitter @Springboks

Springboks pose for official team photo ahead of Georgia Test

The Springboks will end 20 months of international isolation on Friday, 2 July when they host Georgia at Loftus Versfeld.

Jacques Nienaber

The Springboks will end 20 months of international isolation on Friday, 2 July when they host Georgia at Loftus Versfeld. Photo: Twitter @Springboks

The Springboks will end 20 months of international isolation on Friday, 2 July when they host Georgia in a warm-up match before their three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions.

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The Siya Kolisi-captained Springboks last played exactly 20 months ago on November 2, 2019, when they thumped England 32-12 to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a record-equaling third time.

The Springboks, still the world’s No 1-ranked side despite not having taken to the field in excess of 600 days, will take on Georgia at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

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The sides will do battle in the second Test at Ellis Park next Friday before the first Test against the British & Irish Lions at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 24 July.

On Thursday the Springboks posed for their official team photo – looking serious and ready to get down to business!

Photo courtesy of Springboks Twitter page (@Springboks)

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TEAMS:

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Aphelele Fassi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nché

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse

Georgia

15 Davit Niniashvili, 14 Akaki Tabutsadze, 13 Giorgi Kveseladze, 12 Merab Sharikadze (captain), 11 Demur Tapladze, 10 Tedo Abzhandadze, 9 Vasil Lobzhaidze, 8 Tornike Jalagonia, 7 Beka Saginadze, 6 Giorgi Tsutskiridze, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 4 Gigauri Davit, 3 Giorgi Melikidze, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Guram Gogichashvili

Substitutes: 16 Giorgi Chkoidze, 17 Nikoloz Khatiashvili, 18 Luka Japaridze, 19 Nodar Cheishvili, 20 Giorgi Javakhia, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Giorgi Babunashvili, 23 Ilia Spanderashvili