All Blacks return to Cape Town

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:06

NEWS: New Zealand will end a decade-  long absence from Cape Town when they play South Africa in a Rugby Championship match in the Mother City in October.

The match between the Springboks and All Blacks is earmarked for Newlands.

However, the iconic venue could lose out to the Cape Town stadium if it fails obtain a safety certificate in time.

The Springboks will also head to Bloemfontein for the first time since 2010, after the SA Rugby Union confirmed the home venues for the 2017 Rugby Championships on Monday.
 
The first match of the Rugby Championship will take place on Saturday, August 19, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, when Argentina clash with the Boks.
 
The following week, the Springboks will be in action in Argentina against Los Pumas (Saturday, August 26, in Salta), where after it's the first bye weekend.
 
The Boks' traditional tour to Australasia is in early September for matches against the Wallabies (Saturday, September 9, in Perth) and All Blacks (Saturday, September 16, in Albany).
 
The match in Albany will be the South Africans' third visit to the North Harbour Stadium -  after they played two matches in the 2011 World Cup - against Samoa and Namibia - at this stadium, which is used as secondary home base by the Blues.
 
A second bye weekend follows the tour before the Springboks head home for their last two encounters, on Saturday 30 September against Australia at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, and Saturday 7 October against New Zealand at in Cape Town.
 
The venue in Cape Town is dependent on the outcome of an application for a safety certificate in relation to the first choice venue, Newlands.

The Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint is the back-up venue.

This will be the All Blacks' first visit to the Mother City since 2008 and the 10th time these two teams will clash in a Test in the Western Cape in 89 years, when New Zealand first played in Cape Town.
 
South Africa's Rugby Championship fixtures:
August 19 - Springboks v Argentina, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
August 26 - Argentina v Springboks, Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
September 9 - Australia v Springboks, NIB Stadium, Perth
September 16 - New Zealand v Springboks, QBE Stadium, Albany
September 30 - Springboks v Australia, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
October 7 - Springboks v New Zealand, Newlands (TBC), Cape Town