The Springboks will end off a busy international season with a tour to Scotland, Wales and France in Europe in November this year, while the venues for the first two Springbok Tests of 2013 have been reversed to avoid an event clash.

The opening fixture of a new-look quadrangular tournament between the Springboks, their RWC 2015 opponents, Scotland and Samoa, as well as Italy, will now take place at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, June 8.

The second round will be played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit – the first-ever Test at that venue.

This change in venue has been effected due to a clash with the Top Gear motoring event in Durban on June 15 and 16.

Furthermore, the Springboks will play their away-fixtures during The Castle Rugby Championship in Mendoza on August 24 (against Argentina), Brisbane on September 7 (against Australia) and Auckland on September 14 (against New Zealand).

In November, the Springboks will return to France for the first time since 2009. It will only be the third Test against the French since South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in Paris in 2007. The venue for this Test still has to be confirmed by the hosts.

The Springboks will also play Tests against Scotland and Wales on their traditional season-ending tour to Europe.

All home matches are subject to the conclusion of commercial terms with planned hosting venues and all fixtures are subject to change.

The Springboks 2013 fixtures are:

Castle Incoming Tour:

  • Saturday, June 8 (Mr Price Kings Park, Durban): Scotland v Samoa; Springboks v Italy
  • Saturday, June 15 (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit): Samoa v Italy; Springboks v Scotland
  • Saturday, June 22 (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria): Team 3 v Team 4 ; Team 1 v Team 2

The Castle Rugby Championship:

  • Saturday, August 17 (Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein): Springboks v Argentina
  • Saturday, August 24 (Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza): Argentina v Springboks
  • Saturday, September 7 (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane): Australia v Springboks
  • Saturday, September 14 (Eden Park, Auckland): New Zealand v Springboks
  • Saturday, September 28 (DHL Newlands, Cape Town): Springboks v Australia
  • Saturday, October 5 (Ellis Park, Johannesburg): Springboks v New Zealand

Castle Outgoing Tour:

  • Saturday, November 9 (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff): Wales v Springboks
  • Saturday, November 16 (Murrayfield, Edinburgh): Scotland v Springboks
  • Saturday, November 23 (Venue TBC): France v Springboks
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    1. Italy, Samoa and Scotland shouldn’t be a problem for the Boks. Not a very exiting start to the Boks scedule.

      The RC and end of the year tour should however be very competitive. Some good matches to look forward too.

    2. Reply to Vetgesmeerde Blits @ 4:10 pm:

      Scotland will have their only 2 or 3 good players with the Lions Tour in Aus so that will weaken them even more…

      France at the end of the year will be tough – If we can finsih the EOY tour with a whitewash I will be very happy!

      RC could be ours this year, Aus will be bruised by the Lions and AB’s are on the way down IMO… Come on Bokke!!

    3. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 4:34 pm:

      ABs on the way DOWN?
      How do you get to that conclusion?
      They are currently playing their best
      rugby of the past decade or two.

      Will be interesting to see how the
      double header tests in June will
      be supported in the stands.

      Glad we get another go at the Frogs.
      Let’s hope it’s on the day they don’t
      turn up.

      Last test at Newlands?

    4. Reply to Boertjie @ 5:54 pm:

      AB’s are being worked out – they will still be one of the top 3 teams in the world even when they are on their way “down”. I think that they are being worked out and it is up to HM to find a way to beat them regularly and up to the players to perform on the day.
      RC to the Bokke in 2013 – What are the odds on that? Bryce?