World Champions New Zealand will start their 2019 defence against the Springboks at the iconic International Stadium in Yokohama.
The Pool match takes place on September 21 and will be the most high profile opener in the tournament’s history, with the two countries have won five World Cups between them.
The Springboks and All Blacks have played each other four times in World Cup history, with two wins each. They have never been paired in the same group.
The Springboks won the first two match-ups, in the 1995 World Cup final and in the 1999 third-place play-off. They lost the 2003 quarter-final and the 2015 semi-final to the All Blacks.
Breyton Paulse is the only Springbok to have scored a try against the All Blacks in the four World Cup matches, with all the Boks’ points coming from penalty kicks or drop goals.
The scores in each of the matches:
1995: Springboks 15 All Blacks 15 (Johannesburg, South Africa)
1999: Springboks 22 All Blacks 18 (Cardiff, Wales)
2003: Springboks 9 All Blacks 29 (Melbourne, Australia)
2015: Springboks 18 All Blacks 20 (London, England).
The Springboks play the All Blacks twice in 2018 and once in 2019 before the World Cup showdown.
Currently the Boks are on a six Test losing streak to the New Zealanders and have won just two of the last 16.
World Rugby announced that hosts Japan will play Europe 1 in the tournament-opining match in the Tokyo Stadium. The tournament starts on September 20 and the final is on November 2.
The 2019 RWC Schedule
World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper added: ‘The development of the match schedule is an important milestone for what will be a very special Rugby World Cup. Throughout this rigorous process, we have had participating team experience for teams and fans at heart.
‘We have worked hard to deliver a match schedule that improves on the Rugby World Cup 2015 model, delivering a more balanced spread of matches across the four weeks of pool matches and greater rest periods for the emerging rugby nations ahead of matches against the top-ranked teams. These are the foundations that will assist the world’s top players to perform to their best in Japan.’
On a day that the ticketing programme was also announced, the organising committee have confirmed that more than 60,000 fans have registered for tickets, underscoring their ambition to make Rugby World Cup 2019 the most accessible Rugby World Cup to date.
Ticket sales will begin in January 2018 with supporter tours and domestic priority sales and fans can register their interest for Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets via the official tournament website