Still no All Blacks for New­lands with Ire­land to visit in June

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - JOHN GO­LIATH

CAPE TOWN has again been over­looked for a rugby Test match fea­tur­ing the All Blacks next year.

The Spring­boks will take on the world cham­pi­ons at Dur­ban’s Kings Park on Oc­to­ber 8 in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship, while New­lands will only host the Test against the Six Na­tions cham­pi­ons, Ire­land, on June 11.

Cape Town, where the New Zealand rugby team en­joy plenty of sup­port, hasn’t hosted an All Black Test since 2008. It was Storm­ers and Spring­bok leg­end Percy Mont­gomery’s 100th Test for South Africa, but the Boks lost 19-0 against their bit­ter ri­vals on that day in the Tri-Na­tions.

The All Blacks played the Boks in Bloem­fontein and Dur­ban in 2009, at the FNB Sta­dium in 2010, in Port El­iz­a­beth in 2011 and again in Jo­han­nes­burg from 2011 un­til this year.

Ire­land will play a three-Test se­ries against the Boks in Cape Town, Jo­han­nes­burg and PE in June next year.

Rugby World Cup fi­nal­ists Aus­tralia will re­turn to Lof­tus Vers­feld in Pre­to­ria, while their semi- fi­nal op­po­nents, Ar­gentina, will face the Boks in Nelspruit in the open­ing round of the Rugby Cham­pi­onship on Au­gust 20.

Mean­while, SARU also an­nounced that the fi­nal Gen­eral Coun­cil meet­ing of 2015 has been post­poned by a week to De­cem­ber 11. It will be pro­ceeded by a meet­ing of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil on De­cem­ber 9. Spring­bok home fix­tures in 2016 In­com­ing Se­ries v Ire­land June 11: South Africa v Ire­land, New­lands, Cape Town June 18: South Africa v Ire­land, El­lis Park, Jo­han­nes­burg June 25: South Africa v Ire­land, Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium, Port El­iz­a­beth Rugby Cham­pi­onship (home fix­tures) Au­gust 20: South Africa v Ar­gentina, Mbombela Sta­dium, Nelspruit Oc­to­ber 1: South Africa v Aus­tralia, Lof­tus Vers­feld, Pre­to­ria Oc­to­ber 8: South Africa v New Zealand, Kings Park, Dur­ban

RI­VALS COL­LIDE: Sonny Bill Wil­liams and Damian de Al­lende

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