Soweto to host Bok Test

Saru has announced the venues for the Springboks’ 2012 home Tests.

Each major rugby stadium will get the opportunity to host a Test next year, except Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein.

The Boks will play their first three Tests of 2012 against England at Kings Park (Durban), Ellis Park (Johannesburg) and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (PE) respectively.

In the newly-launched Rugby Championship, Soweto will host its second Test when the All Blacks visit South Africa. The Boks will also play Argentina at Newlands (Cape Town) and the Wallabies at Loftus (Pretoria).

WPRFU president Toby Titus strongly criticised his union’s lack of Tests. They last hosted the Springboks in 2010, and Titus questioned some allocations. ‘Port Elizabeth got the All Black Test this year, and the Sevens tournament, and now an England Test. It is an unfair distribution,’ Titus told the Cape Times. ‘Cape Town didn’t have a Test this year, and we accepted that. What is the reason that Cape Town didn’t qualify for an Australian or England Test, or the All Blacks?’

June Incoming Tours:
9 June: Springboks vs England – Kings Park, Durban
6 June: Springboks vs England – Ellis Park, Johannesburg
23 June: Springboks vs England – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

The Rugby Championship:
18 August: Springboks vs Argentina – Newlands, Cape Town
29 September: Springboks vs Australia – Loftus, Pretoria
6 October: Springboks vs New Zealand – Soccer City, Soweto