CAPE TOWN – The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has confirmed the 2014 fixture calendar, which will see the Springboks face 2013 Six Nations champions Wales twice in June, followed by a match against Scotland.
The Springboks are scheduled to play a total of 14 matches in 2014, of which 13 are Tests. A non-Test match against a World XV on 7 June in Cape Town is still to be confirmed.
The two Tests against Wales will be played at Kings Park in Durban on 14 June and the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on 21 June. The Boks will then host Scotland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 28 June.
In the Rugby Championship, the Springboks will host Argentina at Loftus, Australia at Newlands, and the All Blacks in Johannesburg.
The traditional End of Year tour to the Northern Hemisphere will include a fourth Test this year, scheduled for 29 November against Wales.
SARU CEO Jurie Roux says the schedule serves as a good opportunity for Bok coach Heyneke Meyer to prepare his squad for the 2015 World Cup.
“We’re very excited about the schedule for the year, which will give Heyneke Meyer and the Springboks a proper opportunity to test themselves a little more than a year away from the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”
“The four Tests in November, which will see us take on Ireland, England, Italy and Wales, will provide very good preparation in typical conditions they can expect at the World Cup. It will be a tough tour, but I know the Boks will be ready to take on the best from that part of the world.”
2014 Springbok fixtures:
7 June: Springboks v World XV (Venue TBC)
14 June: Springboks v Wales (Kings Park, Durban)
21 June: Springboks v Wales (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
28 June: Springboks v Scotland (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth)
16 August: Springboks v Argentina (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
23 August: Argentina v Springboks (Venue TBC)
6 September: Australia v Springboks (Patersons Stadium, Perth)
13 September: New Zealand v Springboks (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)
27 September: Springboks v Australia (Newlands, Cape Town)
4 October: Springboks v New Zealand (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)
8 November: Ireland v Springboks (AVIVA Stadium, Dublin)
15 November: England v Springboks (Twickenham, London)
22 November: Italy v Springboks (Venue TBC)
29 November: Wales v Springboks (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2014/03/05/SARU-confirms-2014-Bok-schedule