Bok campaign starts in Brighton

Thu, 02 May 2013 11:18
Large heynekemeyermediascrum Large jurie roux mic Large heyneke meyer on phone 630 Large jurie roux mic Large heyneke meyer funny face

The Springboks will open their 2015 World Cup campaign against the top qualifier from Asia in the southern coastal city of Brighton.

The Springboks will open their 2015 World Cup campaign against the top qualifier from Asia at Brighton Community Stadium in the southern coastal city of Brighton.

The announcement of the pool draw was made at a function at Twickenham in London on Thursday.

The Springboks will play their pool matches in Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle and London.

South Africa are in Pool B alongside Scotland, Samoa, Asia One and Americas Two.

There are 871 days from Thursday until the Springboks start their quest to win the Webb Ellis Cup for an unprecedented third time in England in 2015, on Saturday 19 September, at the home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

Following their opening match, the Springboks will move north, to the central English city of Birmingham, where they will face Samoa at Villa Park, home of the English Premiership soccer team Aston Villa, on Saturday, 26 September.

The Springboks' third match, against Scotland on Saturday, 3 October, is scheduled for the historic St James' Park in Newcastle in the far north east of England, where Newcastle United play their Premiership home matches.

For their final pool match, the Springboks will move from St James' Park, in use since 1880, to the brand new Olympic Stadium in London, built specifically for the Olympic Games last year. This match, against the second qualifier from the Americas, will take place on Wednesday, 7 October.

"The Springboks have a proud record at World Cups and I'm confident they will be there again at the business end of the tournament in 2015, but we have to ensure our planning is perfect for this tournament if we are going to do our country proud over in England." said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.

"It's great to know this far in advance what our schedule for the pool matches will look like, as it provides our logistics team with ample opportunity to ensure the Springboks stay in the best hotels, get the best training facilities and come up with a travel schedule what will benefit the team."

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said: "Playing in parts of the UK that we normally don't see, such as Brighton, Birmingham and Newcastle, is exciting.

"In the end however, the games still have to be won and it doesn't matter where we play, we have to ensure we get more points on the scoreboard than our opponents.

"The World Cup is still more than two years away and a lot of rugby will be played between now and then, but we now have an opportunity to put all our planning into place for that tournament."

The four quarterfinals are scheduled for Twickenham in London and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the weekend of October 17 and 18. Both semifinals will be hosted by Twickenham (October 24 and 25), while the third-place play-off will take place on October 30 at the Olympic Stadium.

The World Cup Final will be at Twickenham on Saturday, October 31.

South Africa's schedule at World Cup 2015:
Saturday, 19 September: v Asia One - Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
Saturday, 26 September: v Samoa - Villa Park, Birmingham
Saturday, 3 October: v Scotland - St James' Park, Newcastle
Wednesday, 7 October: v Americas Two - Olympic Stadium, London

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Argentina v New Zealand 17h10 Ascoli Piceno
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 17
Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
Uruguay 4 0 0 4 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa 4 3 0 1 16
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 19
Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
Namibia 4 0 0 4 1
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 18
France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2