“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,” Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Springboks are scheduled to play 14 matches in 2014, of which 13 are Tests. The remaining fixture, still to be confirmed, is against a World XV on June 7 in Cape Town.
The two local Tests against Wales, on June 14 and 21, will be played at Kings Park in Durban and the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
The Boks will then host Scotland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on June 28.
In the Rugby Championship, the home Test against Argentina will take place at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. They will play against Australia Newlands in Cape Town and at Ellis Park in Johannesburg against New Zealand.
The traditional November tour to the Northern Hemisphere will include a fourth Test this year, scheduled for November 29 against Wales.
“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,” Roux said.
“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.”
Roux said that the decision to play the additional Test against Wales in November and the planned match against a World XV had been taken to source additional income for Rugby World Cup preparations as well as provide extra time in camp for the Springbok squad.
2014 Springbok Fixtures:
June 7: Springboks v World XV (venue tbc)
June 14: Springboks v Wales (Kings Park, Durban)
June 21: Springboks v Wales (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
June 28: Springboks v Scotland (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth)
August 16: Springboks v Argentina (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
August 23: Argentina v Springboks (venue tbc)
September 6: Australia v Springboks (Patersons Stadium, Perth)
September 13: New Zealand v Springboks (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)
September 27: Springboks v Australia (Newlands, Cape Town)
October 4: Springboks v New Zealand (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)
November 8: Ireland v Springboks (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
November 15: England v Springboks (Twickenham, London)
November 22: Italy v Springboks (venue tbc)
November 29: Wales v Springboks (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
All kick-off times will be confirmed at a later stage.
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