The Springboks will face their old foes New Zealand, who are currently ranked third in the world. The Kiwis will return for tests in Johannesburg and Cape Town, while the rivalry with Ireland, world number two in Pretoria and Durban. The July test schedule will conclude with a clash against the emerging nation, Portugal. Making it the first time for South Africa to take on Os Lobos (the Wolves) in an international match.
Boks’ play Ireland at the Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on 6 July, and at Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban on 13 July. They later play back-to-back home tests against the All Blacks at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, on 31 August, and at DHL Stadium, Cape Town, on 7 September.
The home Test season concludes at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit for the visit of Argentina’s Pumas and the Boks’ fifth to the Lowveld venue.