The Springboks at a second alignment camp

The Springboks at a second alignment camp. Photo: SA Rugby website

When do the Springboks name first Test squad of the year?

The date has been confirmed when the Springboks will reveal the squad for their first match since winning the 2023 World Cup.

The Springboks at a second alignment camp

The Springboks at a second alignment camp. Photo: SA Rugby website

The double Rugby World Cup champion Springboks will kick off their 2024 international season against Wales on Saturday 22 June. This will be followed by the Incoming Series which features back-to-back Test matches against the second-ranked Ireland in Pretoria and Durban respectively (on 6 and 13 July) and a historic first ever Test against Portugal in Bloemfontein (20 July).

The Springboks will gather in Pretoria on Sunday 9 June to begin their on-field preparations for the season.

It has also now been confirmed that the Test squad for the Wales match is set to be named soon after the conclusion of the United Rugby Championship quarter-finals on Saturday 8 June.

This season-opening Test falls outside of the international window, and so it’s set to be a largely experimental squad due to the fact that most overseas-based players will not be available. If the Bulls or the Stormers make the URC final, those players would also not be available to face Wales.

The Springboks have just completed a strategy camp

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus was pleased with the foundation laid at the national team’s second in-person alignment camp in Cape Town on Wednesday and Thursday,

“At the first two alignment camps we adopted a broader view of what the coaching staff will look at when it comes to team selection and to introduce the players to the coaches and their ideas, and especially the new members of the coaching team in Tony Brown and Jerry Flannery and national laws advisor Jaco Peyper.

“With our first Test less than a month away, it was vital that we started introducing the players to our new systems, so that they have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with these structures as we plan to select the group of players for the Wales Test and Castle Lager Incoming Series.

Erasmus added: “It was great to see the enthusiasm among the players and witness first-hand how they soaked in everything in as they attempt to stake a claim for places in the national team, and we believe this will set us in good stead as a squad for the upcoming season.

“As a coaching team this camp allowed us to get a better understanding of the players and their skills to give them enough detail to work on in the next few weeks before we gather for the first official training camp which will be hosted in June.”

fixtures:

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

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

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