Tough road trips for Boks

The Springboks will have difficult away assignments during the Rugby Championship as well as a match against France on their end-of-year tour.

Heyneke Meyer’s side will play Argentina in Mendoza on 24 August, Australia in Brisbane on 7 September and New Zealand in Auckland on 14 September. The Boks have won just two of their nine Tests against the All Blacks at Eden Park and lost all seven against the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium (formerly Lang Park).

In November, the Boks will return to France for the first time since 2009. It will only be the third Test against the French since South Africa won the 2007 World Cup in Paris. The venue for this Test still has to be confirmed by the hosts. The Boks also face Scotland and Wales in Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Meanwhile, the venues for the first two Bok Tests of 2013 have been reversed to avoid a clash with the Top Gear motoring event in Durban. The opening fixture of a quadrangular tournament between the Springboks, Scotland, Samoa and Italy, will now take place at Kings Park on 8 June, with the second round being played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit – the first-ever Test at that venue.

SPRINGBOKS 2013 FIXTURES:

Incoming Tour
8 June (Durban): Scotland vs Samoa; Springboks vs Italy
15 June (Nelspruit): Samoa vs Italy; Springboks vs Scotland
22 June (Pretoria): Team 3 vs Team 4 ; Team 1 vs Team 2

The Rugby Championship
17 August (Bloemfontein): Springboks vs Argentina
24 August (Mendoza): Argentina vs Springboks
7 September (Brisbane): Australia vs Springboks
14 September (Auckland): New Zealand vs Springboks
28 September (Cape Town): Springboks vs Australia
5 October (Johannesburg): Springboks vs New Zealand

Outgoing Tour
9 November (Cardiff): Wales vs Springboks
16 November (Edinburgh): Scotland vs Springboks
23 November (Venue TBC): France vs Springboks