Springbok players

Springbok players during training. Image: BackpagePix

Travel woes delay Springboks’ squad announcement for Ireland series

The Springboks’ squad announcement has been pushed back due to their flight from London being cancelled.

Springbok players

Springbok players during training. Image: BackpagePix

The Springboks have been delayed at Heathrow Airport after their flight back to South Africa from London was cancelled late on Sunday night.

Rassie Erasmus and his team were set to fly back home on Sunday night, a day after opening their Test campaign with a 41-13 win over Wales at Twickenham.

As per the Springboks’ initial schedule, they were set to touch down on home soil on Monday and Erasmus were to reveal his squad for the two-Test series against Ireland on the same day.

But that plan has now gone out the window, with SA Rugby confirming the Springboks’ flight was cancelled late on Sunday night following several delays, which forced the team to remain in London for an extra night.

The squad is now set to fly to South African late on Monday afternoon and touch down in Johannesburg in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

As a result of this, Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus will announce his squad for the Incoming Series on Tuesday. 

The first Test against the Ireland will take place at Loftus on Saturday, 6 July, followed by the series decider the next week at Kings Park in Durban.


Unfazed by the flight cancellation, the Springboks were jovial at Heathrow Airport with a fellow South African citizen capturing them on video singing and dancing.

Watch the Boks’ three dancing videos below.


Mid-year Test fixtures

Saturday, 22 June: Springboks beat Wales 41-13 (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 6 July: SA vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Saturday, 13 July: Springboks vs Ireland (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban)
Saturday, 20 July: SA vs Portugal (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein)

Rugby Championship fixtures

Saturday, 10 August: Australia vs Springboks (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
Saturday, 17 August: Australia vs SA (Optus Stadium, Perth)
Saturday, 31 August: Springboks vs New Zealand (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
Saturday, 7 September: SA v New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)
Saturday, 21 September: Argentina v Springboks (Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades, Santiago)
Saturday, 28 September: SA v Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)

End-of-year-tour fixtures

Sunday, 10 November: Scotland vs SA (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
Saturday, 16 November: England vs SA (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 23 November: Wales vs Springboks (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

The Springboks made the best of a bad situation after their flight was cancelled. Image: X