Springbok Fixtures 2024

9 May 2024 |

As the eagerly anticipated rugby fixtures between Ireland and the Springboks approach, fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement. These games are more than just matches; they are epic showdowns that captivate audiences with thrilling displays of skill, strength, and determination.

The electrifying atmosphere in the stadiums and the intense battles on the field promise an unforgettable experience for fans. Get ready to witness rugby at its finest as these two titans clash in a spectacle of speed, strategy, and sheer passion. So let us have a look at the Springbok Fixtures 2024 and the training camp squad in more detail.

A Thrilling History 

In the last match between these two teams, the Springboks walked away defeated. However, this motivated them to improve and work smarter as a team. The last two World Cups have reshaped the Springboks, shifting their entire focus to the team rather than the individual. Therefore, the next three matches between these rugby giants are not to be missed, despite the stress they bring! 

The Springboks and Ireland have always had a very strong rivalry, however 2024 feels like the biggest yet following the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Will Ireland be triumphant once again or will the Springboks beat the former number one team in the world?

2023 Rugby World Cup Meeting 

Ireland clashed with South Africa at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis during the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup 2023 on September 23. Fans and analysts alike regarded this matchup as crucial. Not only for determining the pool winner but also for deciding which team would claim the coveted number one spot in the world rankings.

In a closely contested battle, Ireland emerged victorious with a score of 13-8. Despite this win, their reign at the top was short-lived; New Zealand ousted them in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, South Africa bounced back from the defeat! And then powered through the competition to lift the World Cup trophy a second time in a row! Which means they have now won the most RWC’s ever with New Zealand a close second on 3.

Squad for first Alignment Camp 

The Springboks have announced a 43-man training squad that includes 16 uncapped players, meeting for the first time since their World Cup victory. Rassie Erasmus is back as head coach following Jacques Nienaber’s move to Leinster. He has also included 19 members from the 2023 World Cup squad. 

Veterans like Eben Etzebeth, Faf de Klerk, and Willie Le Roux are joined by promising talents such as Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Cameron Hanekom, and Suleiman Hartzenberg. 

This camp will be the first chance for new defense coach Jerry Flannery and attack coach Tony Brown to work with the team. Additionally, retired referee Jaco Peyper and former Springbok Duane Vermeulen will make their debuts in their new roles as laws advisor and roving coach, respectively. 

The squad’s mostly made up of players from South Africa. However they’ve also brought in four guys from Japan to work on getting over some injuries. Big names like Siya Kolisi, RG Snyman, and Andre Esterhuizen couldn’t join this time around because of their club duties. But they’re all set for the next training camp.

In March, the team got together to gear up for the international season, mixing fresh talent with seasoned pros. They’ve got two more camps lined up before things really get going. The Springboks are kicking off with a couple of home games against Ireland. Then they’re making history with their first-ever game against Portugal.

After that, in July, they’ll head over to Australia for two matches in The Rugby Championship before coming back to play New Zealand on their own turf. There have also been reports of some injuries from the URC however we will have to wait and see who is fit closer to the time.

Springbok Fixture Overview for 2024  

Incoming Series

  • Saturday, 6 July: Springboks vs Ireland at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  
  • Saturday, 13 July: Springboks vs Ireland at Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban 
  • Saturday, 20 July: Springboks vs Portugal at Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein  

Rugby Championship 2024 

  • Saturday, 10 August: Springboks vs Australia at Suncorp Stadium (Round 1)
  • Saturday, 17 August: Springboks vs Australia at the Optus Stadium (Round 2)
  • Saturday, 31 August: Springboks vs New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg  (Round 3)
  • Saturday, 7 September: Springboks vs New Zealand at DHL Stadium (Round 4)
  • Saturday, 21 September: Argentina vs Springboks at Estadio Unico Madre Stadium (Round 5)
  • Saturday, 28 September: Springboks vs Argentina at Mbombela Stadium (Round 6)

Other Boks Matches 2024

  • Saturday, 22 June: Springboks vs Wales at Twickenham Stadium, London  
  • Sunday, 10 November: Springboks vs Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 
  • Saturday, 16 November: Springboks vs England at Twickenham Stadium, London 
  • Saturday, 23 November: Springboks vs Wales at the Principality Stadium 

Some Rugby Fun Facts 

  1. The rugby ball’s origin can be traced back to pig’s bladders, contributing to its distinctive oval shape. 
  2. Rugby union featured in the Olympics from 1900 to 1924, and the United States clinched the gold medal as champions in 1924.
  3. The Gil Evans Whistle, used since 1905, starts every Rugby World Cup game, named after the referee of the 1905 New Zealand vs. England match. . 
  4. Rugby has influenced the development of sports like American football and Australian rules football, sharing similarities in gameplay and rules. 
  5. Founded in 1890, the Barbarians, an invitational rugby team, have built a reputation for their open, attacking style of play, which has made them one of the most iconic teams in rugby.

Best Rugby Betting Sites

There are many best betting sites out there however we will give some recommendations. You may want to shop around a bit to find the one that suits you but these following sites are an excellent place to start and they all offer great welcome offers:

  • Betway SA: Firstly as a Springbok sponsor, they should tickle your interest. They also offer great markets and odds with a lucrative Welcome Offer where you get a 100% first deposit match up to R1 000.
  • Gbets offer some amazing rugby promotions and also a R25 sign up Sports Bonus bet.
  • Playa Bets: Playa Bets brand ambassador is Stefan Terblanche, need we say more! An excellent rugby betting site for all your betting needs.
  • Hollywoodbets is another great option as they are heavily involved with The Sharks and have just signed the Etzebeth’s as their latest brand ambassadors. There is never a shortage of promotions, betting markets and odds, as well as positive community involvement all round.

An Electrifying Season

In the 2024 Springbok fixtures, seasoned pros and rising stars will showcase their grit and skills in a rollercoaster of intense rugby action. Each game promises to be a spectacle, brimming with edge-of-your-seat moments, fierce on-field clashes, and an electric atmosphere in the stadiums. Fans, get ready for an electrifying lineup that’ll make the 2024 Springbok fixtures calendar one you won’t want to miss.

The Springboks are gearing up to host nail-biting Test series against arch-rivals New Zealand and Ireland, not to mention a landmark first game against Portugal. They’re also looking forward to a rematch with Argentina in Mbombela. On the road, the Springboks will face off in Australia and Europe. Thus setting the stage for a year of high-stakes, thrilling rugby. With the Springboks chasing greatness on the international scene, this season promises to be one for the books. For some other sports events happening every month have a look at our monthly Sports Previews. For example like our May 2024 Sports Preview.

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