Johannesburg — Reigning world champions South Africa will play a first-ever Test against Portugal in Bloemfontein on July 20, it was announced on Friday.
The match against the Portuguese, who beat quarter-finalists Fiji in their final World Cup pool game after drawing against Georgia and impressing in defeats by both Wales and Australia, is the final game of the Boks’ home Test schedule.
South Africa kick off the schedule with back-to-back Tests against Ireland in Pretoria and Durban on July 6 and 13 respectively.
This will be followed a week later by the Portugal Test.
The Springboks will then face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship in two Tests in Johannesburg and Cape Town on August 31 and September 7, before taking on Argentina in Nelspruit on September 28.
“We are delighted that we will be returning to Bloemfontein for this historic match, and we are determined to continue make our passionate supporters proud,” said Boks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.
Venue confirmed for the #Springboks‘ historic Test against Portugal in July – more here: https://t.co/bJV1nBFa6o 🇵🇹#StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/jIXCPelem6
— Springboks (@Springboks) January 26, 2024
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