A fixture against the World XV has officially been lumped onto the Springboks’ end-of-year tour campaign.
While the Boks were too exhausted to take part in the Absa Currie Cup, they will apparently have enough energy for another international match at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester on Sunday, 3 December.
The fixture is being billed by Saru as a “centenary game”, but it is actually a fund-raiser for the SA Players Association, who have ironically been the biggest beaters of the burnout drum.
According to Saru, the World XV game will form part of the overseas tours centenary celebrations of Springbok rugby as it was 100 years ago that the Springboks played their first overseas match against a Midlands Counties team in Leicester.
John Smit, the Bok most in need of a break, was strangely enthusiastic about the fixture.
â€œAfter our recent victory against the All Blacks, the team hopes to continue this winning habit on our tour of the UK and Ireland,” he said. “It is highly appropriate and fitting we will now end the tour with a centenary match of this nature in the heartland of Midlands rugby where the Springboks first started touring.
â€œThe World XV put together a formidable squad for their tour in the summer, with the likes of Carlos Spencer, Lawrence Dallaglio, Thomas Castaignede, Justin Marshall, Matthew Burke, Cobus Visagie, Olivier Magne, Mark Regan, Raphael Ibanez and I am sure we will have to be at our best to match them again in December.”