Boks head for a grand slam tour of the UK
JOHANNESBURG: The Springboks will play all four of the Home Unions in November as part of their end-of-year tour, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) announced yesterday following confirmation of the fixture programme by the International Rugby Board (IRB).
South Africa start the tour against Ireland in Dublin on November 6, having accepted an invitation to provide the opposition for the hosts when they officially open the new Aviva Stadium (the redeveloped Lansdowne Road).
The Boks then play Wales, Scotland and England on the following Saturdays.
The tour is planned to end with a fixture against the Barbarians at a venue to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, the venue of South Africa's season-opening Test against France on June 12 remains undecided.
Saru hope to meet the local organising committee of the Fifa 2010 World Cup to arrive at a final decision on the availability of the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.