Newlands will host the All Blacks

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:24
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RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES: South African Rugby has confirmed that the Springboks will host the All Blacks at Newlands in Cape Town on October 7, 2017.

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), whereafter it's the first bye weekend.

The Boks' traditional tour to Australasia is in early September for matches against the Wallabies (Saturday, September 9) and All Blacks (Saturday, September 16).

Although the Springboks have played in Perth before, they have never been in action at the home ground of the Force.

The match in Albany will be the South Africans' third visit, 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, September 30 against Australia ain Bloemfontein and Saturday, October 7 against New Zealand at Newlands in Cape Town. 

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.

Springbok Rugby Championship fixtures:

19 August - Springboks v Argentina, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
26 August - Argentina v Springboks, Salta
9 September - Australia v Springboks, Perth
16 September - New Zealand v Springboks, Albany
30 September - Springboks v Australia, Bloemfontein Stadium, Bloemfontein
7 October - Springboks v New Zealand, Newlands, Cape Town

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