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The Springboks are the national rugby union team of South Africa. It is thought they played their first fixture on the 30th of July 1891 against a British Isles touring team.
The team made it's Rugby World Cup debut in 1995 following the fall of apartheid which saw the Boks excluded from the 1987 and 1991 tournaments. The Springboks and South Africa were the hosts in 1995 and famously went on to lift the William Webb Ellis trophy with captain Francois Pienaar receiving the trophy from President Nelson Mandela in a symbolic moment, one that would go on to be turned into Invictus, a Hollywood blockbuster starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.
The Springboks went on to lift the trophy again in 2007, beating England in the final 16-6 in Paris, France.
In 2019, the Springboks took part at the Rugby World Cup hosted in Japan. The Boks were in a group with previous holders New Zealand, Italy, Namibia and Canada. In their initial match, they lost to the All Blacks 23-13, however, they went on to defeat all the other pool contenders. This ensured South Africa would qualify from their group in 2nd place and proceed to the 1/4 finals.
The Boks then powered on to the final defeating Japan, Wales and finally England in the final to win the William Webb Ellis trophy for the third time. It has been hailed as yet another iconic moment for South Africa with Siya Kolisi, their first ever black captain, lifting the trophy for his country.
Today the Springboks compete in The Rugby Championship, as well as hosting Summer test series and taking part at the end of season tours of the Northern Hemisphere.
South Africa July 2022 Fixtures
Wayne Pivac's Wales are the visitor for South Africa this summer with a three Test series arranged between the 2 sides.
Saturday 2nd July – South Africa v Wales, Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, Kick-off: 4:05pm BST (5:05pm local)
Saturday 9th July - South Africa v Wales, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, Kick-off: 4:05pm BST (5:05pm local)
Saturday 16th July - South Africa v Wales, DHL Stadium, Cape Town, Kick-off: 4:05pm BST (5:05pm local)
To round off 2022, South Africa will play 3 tests in the Northern Hemisphere. Dates and fixtures to be announced.
South Africa 2022 Autumn Internationals Fixtures
Saturday 5th November – Ireland v South Africa, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Kick-off: 5:30pm
Sunday 12th November – France v South Africa, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, Kick-off: 8:00pm
Saturday 19th November – Italy v South Africa, Venue TBC, Kick-off: 2:00pm
Saturday 26th November – England v South Africa, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 5:30pm
The draw has taken place for France 2023 and the Springboks have been placed in Pool B alongside Ireland, Scotland, Romania and the Asia/Pacific 1 qualifier. The nations who tops the table will face the runner-up of Pool A, whilst second place will play the winner of that pool
South Africa Rugby World Cup 2023 Fixtures
10th September – South Africa v Scotland, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
17th September – South Africa v Romania, Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux
23rd September – South Africa v Ireland, Stade de France, Saint-Denis
1st October – South Africa v Asia/Pacific 1, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
The Springboks also enjoy visits from the British & Irish Lions. They famously lost to the Lions in 1997, won the series 2-1 in 2009 and were hosts again when the tourists came to visit in 2021. Once again they emerged with a 2-1 series victory, despite losing the first Test.
The Springboks rugby shirt has been manufactured by big names, such as Cotton Traders, Nike, Canterbury and is currently produced by Japanese brand Asics.
Their team colours are green with a gold collar, white shorts and green socks. The shirt will usually sport the King Protea emblem on the left chest, Springbok on the right chest and the manufacturer logo in the centre.
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