Cape Town – The Springboks’ 2018 Rugby Championship home fixtures were confirmed on Monday with matches scheduled for Durban, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria in the 22nd edition of the southern hemisphere championship.
The Wallabies will appear in Port Elizabeth for the first time in more than half a century when they take on the Springboks in the Eastern Cape on September 29, while the All Blacks return to Pretoria for the first time in more than a decade when then they play at Loftus Versfeld on October 6.
Meanwhile, Argentina will have happy memories for their return trip to Kings Park in Durban. On their last visit in 2015 they recorded their first victory over South Africa (37-25).
The Wallabies made the last of their four appearances in Port Elizabeth in 1963 (losing 22-6), while New Zealand’s last match at Loftus was in 2006 when they won 45-26.
Tickets for the matches at Loftus Versfeld and Kings Park will be available through the Blue Bulls and Sharks respectively.
Details of ticket sales for the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium will be announced in the New Year.
Springboks’ 2018 Rugby Championship fixtures (kick-off times to be confirmed):
August 18: Springboks v Argentina – Kings Park, Durban
August 25: Argentina v Springboks – TBA
September 8: Australia v Springboks – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
September 15: New Zealand v Springboks – Westpac Stadium, Wellington
September 29: Springboks v Australia – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
October 6: Springboks v New Zealand – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Incoming series 2018 – South Africa v England:
June 9: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
June 16: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
June 23: Newlands, Cape Town