Springboks Ireland

The Springboks and Ireland will lock horns in a blockbuster Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool B match in Paris on Saturday, 23 September. Image by Rodger Bosch/AFP.

Springboks v Ireland: FIVE incredible facts you need to know

The Springboks and Ireland will lock horns in back-to-back blockbuster Tests in South Africa in the coming weeks.

Springboks Ireland

The Springboks and Ireland will lock horns in a blockbuster Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool B match in Paris on Saturday, 23 September. Image by Rodger Bosch/AFP.

The Springboks and Ireland will lock horns in back-to-back blockbuster Tests in South Africa in the coming weeks.

The sides will clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday, 6 July, and then again a week later at Hollywoodbets Kings Park in Durban.

Both Tests will kick off at 17:00.

Ahead of the opening whistle in Pretoria, below are FIVE facts and stats we bet you didn’t know …

1. Ireland and South Africa first faced each other on 24 November 1906 at the Balmoral Showgrounds in Belfast in front of a reported 15 000-strong crowd. South Africa won the match 15-12

2. The Springboks and Ireland have played each other 28 times in their nearly 118-year rivalry – both met for the first time at a Rugby World Cup last year. Ireland won that match 13-8

3. The longest win streak for either country against the other is EIGHT for the Springboks (30 May 1981 to 19 Jun 2004) and THREE for Ireland (13 November 2004 to 28 November 2009)

4. The Springboks’ largest winning margin against Ireland is 38 points in their 38-0 win at Lansdowne Road in November 1912, while Ireland’s biggest margin of victory (35 points) came in their 38-3 triumph, also at Lansdowne Road, in November 2017

5. Ireland have won eight of the last 12 Tests between the two sides dating back to November 2004

Meanwhile, Australian referee Angus Gardner has withdrawn from officiating in the Springboks vs Ireland series due to “personal reasons”.