Although the news came out at the EOY tour, it is now official, the Springboks will play Japan as a warmup test before the world cup.
SA Rugby and the Japanese Rugby Football Union (JRFU) announced details of the fixture which will be played on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Saitama north of Tokyo.
The Springboks start their world cup campaign against the All Blacks on the 21st of September and the warmup test against Japan will be much needed to get into the right frame of mind.
“This is an ideal opportunity for the Boks to get match-ready for the Rugby World Cup,” said Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby.
“Our initial plans were to only arrive in Japan for a pre-tournament holding camp on September 7, but thanks to the JRFU we will now be leaving a week earlier, giving us almost three weeks in Japan before the start of the tournament.
“Apart from the much-needed game time on the field, this additional time in Japan, to get used to the weather and other conditions. Playing this game against the Brave Blossoms will be a wonderful way to get ready for the Rugby World Cup and we are truly grateful for the opportunity.”
After the game against Japan, the Boks will travel southwest to Kagoshima City, where their pre-tournament holding camp will take place from September 7-13, 2019.
The Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup match schedule is (with local and SA times):
Saturday, September 21: South Africa v New Zealand, International Stadium Yokohama (18:45 / 11:45)
Saturday, September 28: South Africa v Namibia, City of Toyota Stadium (18:45 / 11:45)
Friday, October 4: South Africa v Italy, Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa (18:45 / 11:45)
Tuesday, October 8: South Africa v Canada, Kobe Misaki Stadium (19:15 / 12:15)