The Citizen (Gauteng)

Boks to see action against Georgia


World champions South Africa will play for the first time since winning the Rugby World Cup in November 2019 when they host Georgia in a two-Test series this July, SA Rugby announced yesterday.

The Springboks are preparing for three matches against the touring British and Irish Lions later in July and August.

South Africa will meet Georgia on 2, 3, 9 or 10 July, then tackle the Lions on 24 and 31 July and 7 August.

Venues for both series will be announced later.

The coronavriu­s pandemic has prevented South Africa from playing since they defeated England 32-12 in Japan to lift the World Cup a record-equalling third time.

“Nothing beats a full-blooded internatio­nal to test your skill- set, readiness and ability under pressure, and we are delighted to have this opportunit­y before the Lions series,” said director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.

Erasmus coached the World Cup-winning squad and has since returned to his original role with Jacques Nienabar appointed aas the Boks’ head coach early last year. –

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