Boks head for a grand slam tour of the UK

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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