Boks choose Ellis Park for season’s first home Test against NZ

2014-12-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — South Africa have again chosen the intimidating ­atmosphere of Ellis Park as the venue for their marquee home Test of 2015 against New Zealand, it was announced yesterday.

The Springboks won a cliff-hanger against the All Blacks 27-25 at the venue in the final game of this year’s Rugby Championship and will take Steve Hansen’s side to altitude again on July 25, 2015, in the Boks’ first home Test of the season.

It will be the third year in a row the home tie with New Zealand is played at the stadium, where the Boks beat New Zealand to win the 1995 World Cup, but South African Rugby Union chief Jurie Roux said in a press release yesterday that the fixture will be rotated around the country from 2016.

Two weeks later, coach Heyneke Meyer’s side will play the final game of a curtailed Rugby Championship against Argentina at King’s Park in Durban.

The Boks’ opening game of the competition is against Australia in Brisbane on July 18 and they will also travel to Argentina for a one-off Test after the Rugby Championship. A venue has yet to be confirmed for the August 15 clash.

Saru also announced a practice match against a World XV in Cape Town on either August 22 or August 29, the final fixture before their World Cup opener against Japan in Brighton on September 19.


July 18 vs Australia — Brisbane (Rugby Champs)

July 25 vs New Zealand — Johannesburg (Champs)

August 8 vs Argentina — Durban (Champs)

August 15 vs Argentina — away venue TBC (Test)

August 22 or August 29 vs World XV — Cape Town

September 19 vs Japan — Brighton (World Cup)

September 26 vs Samoa — Birmingham (World Cup)

October 3 vs Scotland — Newcastle (World Cup)

October 7 vs U.S. — London (World Cup).

— Reuters.

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