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History of the epic battles between Springboks and All Blacks

•South Africa and New Zealand have played three Tests in RWC tournaments. The first was in the memorable 1995 tournament when the Springboks won the World Cup in extra time at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The final score 15-12.

•Four years later in 1999, the two rivals met in Cardiff to contest the third place play-off after New Zealand lost to France in the semi-finals while Australia won the other semi-final in extra time against the Springboks. South Africa won the bronze medal in a close-fought battle 22-18.

•The last time was in 2003 in Melbourne in the quarter-final when the All Blacks had a comfortable 29-9 win.

•Saturday’s Test match will be the 91st between the two countries. South Africa’s record against New Zealand: P: 90; W: 35; L: 52; D: 3; PF: 1 412; PA: 1 745; Win%: 39%.

•The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 701. There are 324 caps in the backline with 377 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 461 caps.

•Bryan Habana will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 114 caps in this position. He is the most experienced Springbok backline player with 115 caps and only Victor Matfield (125) has played in more Test matches for South Africa.

•If he scores a try, Bryan will extend his record of 64 Test tries for South Africa. Currently he is joint second on the list for most Test tries. David Campese of Australia is the other player. First on the list is Daisuke Ohata of Japan on 69 career tries.

•Bryan is the new world record holder for most Test tries as a wing. He surpassed the previous record of Daisuke Ohata of Japan (62) during the pool match against the USA.

•Bryan is the joint record holder for most career tries (15) in RWC tournaments. He can become sole record holder by scoring just one try. Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is the other player with 15 career tries. Close on Bryan’s heels is Drew Mitchell of Australia with 14 RWC career tries.

•Bryan also holds the record for most career tries (seven) by a Springbok against New Zealand.

•Bryan and JP Pietersen will be playing in their record 43rd Test as a wing combination in the starting XV.

•Handré Pollard needs three penalty goals to equal Percy Montgomery’s RWC record of 17 career penalty goals.

•Schalk Burger will play in his 78th Test as a flank, South Africa’s most capped Springbok flank. Saturday’s Test will be his 19th RWC Test, the most by a Springbok in RWC tournaments. He is also the Springbok record holder for most tries as a flank (14) as well as a forward (16).

•Bismarck du Plessis is the Springbok record holder for most tries (11) in Tests as a hooker.

•Should Ruan Pienaar be used from the bench he will become South Africa’s most capped substitute. Currently, he shares the record with Ollie le Roux on 43 Test matches as a substitute.

•Should Victor Matfield be used as a substitute he will extend his record as most capped Springbok as well as most capped Springbok against New Zealand – he has played in 26 career Tests against the All Blacks.

•The referee is Jérôme Garcès of France. He debut as an international referee was in 2010 in a match between England and the Barbarians. He served as assistant referee in four Tests during the 2011 RWC. During this tournament he was referee in three Test matches, including the South Africa/Japan Test during the first week. It will be his seventh Test involving South Africa. Of the previous six Tests, South Africa won three and lost three.

•Twickenham Stadium is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world, the second largest stadium in the United Kingdom and fourth largest in Europe. This is the venue for this first semi-final match of RWC 2015. Twickenham has a seating capacity of 81,605.

•South Africa have played 21 Test matches at this stadium, winning 12 and losing nine. Nineteen matches were against England. The other two were against Australia in the 1999 RWC semi-final and against Wales last Saturday.

Springbok Test match record holders at Twickenham:

•Most points: 21 by Jannie de Beer (6p, 1d) against Australia, 30 October, 1999
•Most tries: Two by Chester Williams against England, 18 November, 1995
•Most conversions: Three by Ruan Pienaar against England, 22 November, 2008
•Most penalty goals: Six by Jannie de Beer against Australia, 30 October, 1999
•Most drop goals: Four by André Pretorius against England, 25 November, 2006

The two countries, whose rivalry is of epic proportion, first met at test level in 1921. New Zealand opened the series with a 13 -5 victory in Dunedin but South Africa came back to win the second test 9 – 5. The final test ended in a 0 – 0 draw, a rarity between these two countries, and the series was shared. Joe Morgan slashes thru Springbok defence in Bloemfontein

Already it was clear that the rivalry between the two was like no other. The next test series took place in South Africa in 1928. Again it ended all square. South Africa winning the first and third tests in Durban (17 – 0) and Port Elizabeth (11 – 6) respectively and the All Blacks winning in Johannesburg (7 – 6) and Cape Town (13 – 5).

South Africa scored their first test series win over the All Blacks in 1937. While they went down 13 – 7 in the series opener in Wellington, they came back to record a 13 – 6 win in Christchurch and sealed the contest with a 17 – 6 triumph in Auckland.

In 1948 New Zealand returned to South African soil for a four-test series. Led by Felix du Plessis in the first three matches and by Basil Kenyon in the fourth, South Africa achieved a series whitewash, winning 15 – 11 in Cape Town, 12 – 6 in Johannesburg, 9 – 3 in Durban and 11 – 8 in Port Elizabeth.

New Zealand turned the tables on the Springboks seven years later, winning the 1956 series 3 -1. The All Blacks won 10 – 6 at Dunedin, but the Springboks fought back to win the second in Wellington 8 – 3.The home side responded with a 17 – 10 victory in the third encounter in Christchurch and finished the visitors off with an 11 -5 win in Auckland.

The 1960 series in South Africa could have gone either way. The Boks won the first encounter 13 – 0 at Ellis Park. The All Blacks struck back with an 11 – 3 win at Newlands and an 11 – 11 scoreline in the third test in Bloemfontein set up a thrilling final clash. The Boks won by 8 points to 3 to secure their second series win on home soil and their third in all against their traditional rivals. New Zealand raced into a 2-0 lead in the 1965 series, winning 6 – 3 and 13 – 0 in Wellington and Dunedin respectively.

While the Boks came back to record a narrow 19 – 16 win in Christchurch, the home side produced a spectacular finale to beat South Africa 20 – 3 in Auckland for a 3 – 1 series victory. It was New Zealand’s second series triumph against South Africa.

In the eight tests played on South African soil in the 70’s, South Africa won 6 and New Zealand 2. The Springboks scored back-to-back 3 -1 series victories in 1970 and 1976. In 1970, they won 17 – 6, 14 – 3 and 20 -17 in the first, third and final tests while the All Blacks won the second clash 9 -8. In 1976, South Africa again won tests 1, 3 and 4 by margins of 17 – 6, 15 – 10 and 15 – 14. The All Blacks won 15 – 9 in the second test.

If the 70’s belonged to the Springboks, the 80’s and 90’s have belonged to the All Blacks. The controversial 1981 test series, with the famous “flour bomb” test, might be recorded more for its political significance than for anything else, but the record books show that the All Blacks won the series 2 -1. They beat the Boks 14 – 9 in Christchurch, lost 24 – 12 in Wellington and finished with a narrow 25 -22 win in Auckland.

The series hastened South Africa’s descent into isolation and it was to be 11 years before the two old foes would go into battle again. South Africa re-entered the international arena in 1992. In a one-off test at Ellis Park, the All Blacks beat the Springboks 27 – 24 providing a rude awakening and a realisation of the ground that had been lost since the two countries last met in 1981.

The next series, in 1994, was to be as painful for the Boks. The All Blacks tied up the series in the first two tests, winning 22 – 14 and 13 – 9. The final test ended in an 18-all draw.

One of the most famous clashes between the Springboks and the All Blacks took place at Ellis Park on 24 June 1995. In a Rugby World Cup final that captured the attention of the world and had two entire nations on the edge of their seats for more than 2 hours, South Africa emerged victorious by 15 points to 12. It was a match that renewed and intensified the rivalry between the two teams.

1996 will go down as the All Blacks’ greatest year of competition against South Africa. They won four out of five tests played, securing their first away test series win over South Africa. In the three test series, Sean Fitzpatrick’s team won 23 – 19 and 33 – 26 in the first two games and lost 32 – 22 in the third. In the Tri-Nations, New Zealand recorded 15 – 11 and 29 – 18 victories.

In 1997 New Zealand were again the better of the two winning their Tri-Nations games 35 – 32 and 55 – 35. In the 49 clashes to date, South Africa has scored 648 points to New Zealand’s 654.

The most points scored by New Zealand in a victory over South Africa were 55 during last year’s Tri-Nations. It was also the biggest ever margin of victory over South Africa.

The 32 points scored in the third test in 1996 was South Africa’s highest winning score while the record points margin dates back to 1928 when they won 17 -0.

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As it happened: Boks 15-57 All Blacks

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has received the best player award.

?? @AllBlacks extend lead at top of world rankings to more than 7 points – the first side to claim six BP wins in The Rugby Championship pic.twitter.com/hsEm55WmqX

— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) October 8, 2016

Congratulations to @AllBlacks, their 9-try record 57-15 win v @Springboks a 17th consecutive win that equals the record for a Tier 1 nation pic.twitter.com/qKNAl55gK9

— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) October 8, 2016

Congratulations to @AllBlacks, their 9-try record 57-15 win v @Springboks a 17th consecutive win that equals the record for a Tier 1 nation pic.twitter.com/qKNAl55gK9

— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) October 8, 2016

FULL-TIME: South Africa 15-57 New Zealand

A dark, dark day in the history of South African rugby.

82′- TRY to the All Blacks!

Smith collects a clever cross-kick from Barrett, before off-loading to Liam Squire who goes over in the corner.

80′- There’s another final chance for the Boks after a high tackle on Lambie.

It’s also a YELLOW CARD for Codie Taylor.

— South African Rugby (@Springboks) October 8, 2016

Boks have hit rock bottom. Lacking leadership, ideas, ambition. Brawn only gets you so far. This rout ranks with the darkest days in history

78′- METRES MADE

77′ – Sopoaga slots the CONVERSION to bring up New Zealand’s HALF-CENTURY.

SA 15-50 NZ

76′- TRY to the All Blacks!

Ben Smith scores after taking a pass from Barrett, who was almost over for his hat-trick. it was set up by a great break from Liam Squire.

The last replacement on SA bench is @BongiMbonambi replacing Adriaan Strauss with 6 mins to play. pic.twitter.com/8IfkfvRkvp

— South African Rugby (@Springboks) October 8, 2016

Rugby Championship

2018 Rugby Championship Fixtures

The 2018 Rugby Championship will be contested between New Zealand’s All Blacks, Australia’s Wallabies, South Africa’s Springboks and Argentina’s Pumas.

The Rugby Championship follows on from Super Rugby with a one week break in-between tournaments.

The first Test match in the Rugby Championship in 2018 is on Saturday 18 August and runs through to Saturday 6 October.

New Zealand’s All Blacks and Australia’s Wallabies play an extra Bledisloe Cup match every year which is not part of the Rugby Championship.

Rugby Championship Match Officials

Match No.1: Australia v New Zealand
Date : Sat 18 Aug 2018
Venue : ANZ Stadium, Sydney ,Australia
Kick Off local:
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Luke Pearce (RFU)
TMO : Marius Jonker (SARU)

Match No.2:South Africa v Argentina
Date : Sat 18 Aug 2018
Venue : Jonsson Kings Park, Durban, South Africa
Kick Off local:
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner (ARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
TMO : Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Match No.3: New Zealand v Australia
Date : Sat 25 Aug 2018
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Kick Off local:
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2:Luke Pearce (RFU)
TMO : Marius Jonker (SARU)

Match No.4: Argentina v South Africa
Date : Sat 25 Aug 2018
Venue : Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina
Kick Off local:
Referee: Angus Gardner (ARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 2: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
TMO : Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Match No.5: New Zealand v Argentina
Date : Sat 8 Sept 2018
Venue : Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand
Kick Off local:
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Nigel Owens (WRU)
Assistant Ref 2: Nic Berry (ARU)
TMO : Rowan Kitt (RFU)

Match No.6: Australia v South Africa
Date : Sat 8 Sept 2018
Venue :Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Kick Off local:
Referee: Glen Jackson (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 1:John Lacey (IRFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams (NZRU)
TMO : Glenn Newman (NZRU)

Match No.7: New Zealand v South Africa
Date : Sat 15 Sept 2018
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Kick Off local:
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
Assistant Ref 1: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Nic Berry (ARU)
TMO : Rowan Kitt (RFU)

Match No.8: Australia v Argentina
Date : Sat 15 Sept 2018
Venue : Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia J
Kick Off local:
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams (NZRU)
TMO : Glenn Newman (NZRU)

Match No.9: South Africa v Australia
Date : Sat 29 Sept 2018
Venue : Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Kick Off local:
Referee: Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1:Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Matthew Carley (RFU)
TMO :Graham Hughes (RFU)

Match No.10: Argentina v New Zealand
Date : Sat 29 Sept 2018
Venue : Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kick Off local:
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
TMO : David Grashoff (RFU)

Match No.11:South Africa v New Zealand
Date : Sat 6 Oct 2018
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa
Kick Off local:
Referee: Angus Gardner (ARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Matthew Carley (RFU)
TMO : Graham Hughes (RFU)

Match No.12: Argentina v Australia
Date : Sat 6 Oct 2018
Venue :Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina
Kick Off local:
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
TMO : David Grashoff (RFU)

Bledisloe Cup Match

Match No.13 : Australia v New Zealand
Date : Sat 27 Oct 2018
Venue :Nissan Stadium, Yokohama Kick Off local:
Referee: Japan Romain Poite (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Rasta Rasivhenge (SARU)
TMO : Marius Jonker (SARU)

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Rugby Championship

2018 Rugby Championship Fixtures

The 2018 Rugby Championship will be contested between New Zealand’s All Blacks, Australia’s Wallabies, South Africa’s Springboks and Argentina’s Pumas.

The Rugby Championship follows on from Super Rugby with a one week break in-between tournaments.

The first Test match in the Rugby Championship in 2018 is on Saturday 18 August and runs through to Saturday 6 October.

New Zealand’s All Blacks and Australia’s Wallabies play an extra Bledisloe Cup match every year which is not part of the Rugby Championship.

Rugby Championship Match Officials

Match No.1: Australia v New Zealand
Date : Sat 18 Aug 2018
Venue : ANZ Stadium, Sydney ,Australia
Kick Off local:
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Luke Pearce (RFU)
TMO : Marius Jonker (SARU)

Match No.2:South Africa v Argentina
Date : Sat 18 Aug 2018
Venue : Jonsson Kings Park, Durban, South Africa
Kick Off local:
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner (ARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
TMO : Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Match No.3: New Zealand v Australia
Date : Sat 25 Aug 2018
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Kick Off local:
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2:Luke Pearce (RFU)
TMO : Marius Jonker (SARU)

Match No.4: Argentina v South Africa
Date : Sat 25 Aug 2018
Venue : Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina
Kick Off local:
Referee: Angus Gardner (ARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 2: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
TMO : Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Match No.5: New Zealand v Argentina
Date : Sat 8 Sept 2018
Venue : Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand
Kick Off local:
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Nigel Owens (WRU)
Assistant Ref 2: Nic Berry (ARU)
TMO : Rowan Kitt (RFU)

Match No.6: Australia v South Africa
Date : Sat 8 Sept 2018
Venue :Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Kick Off local:
Referee: Glen Jackson (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 1:John Lacey (IRFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams (NZRU)
TMO : Glenn Newman (NZRU)

Match No.7: New Zealand v South Africa
Date : Sat 15 Sept 2018
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Kick Off local:
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
Assistant Ref 1: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Nic Berry (ARU)
TMO : Rowan Kitt (RFU)

Match No.8: Australia v Argentina
Date : Sat 15 Sept 2018
Venue : Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia J
Kick Off local:
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams (NZRU)
TMO : Glenn Newman (NZRU)

Match No.9: South Africa v Australia
Date : Sat 29 Sept 2018
Venue : Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Kick Off local:
Referee: Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1:Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Matthew Carley (RFU)
TMO :Graham Hughes (RFU)

Match No.10: Argentina v New Zealand
Date : Sat 29 Sept 2018
Venue : Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kick Off local:
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
TMO : David Grashoff (RFU)

Match No.11:South Africa v New Zealand
Date : Sat 6 Oct 2018
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa
Kick Off local:
Referee: Angus Gardner (ARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Matthew Carley (RFU)
TMO : Graham Hughes (RFU)

Match No.12: Argentina v Australia
Date : Sat 6 Oct 2018
Venue :Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina
Kick Off local:
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
TMO : David Grashoff (RFU)

Bledisloe Cup Match

Match No.13 : Australia v New Zealand
Date : Sat 27 Oct 2018
Venue :Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Kick Off local:
Referee: Japan Romain Poite (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Rasta Rasivhenge (SARU)
TMO : Marius Jonker (SARU)

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Boks to kick off 2018 Rugby Championship against Argentina in Durban

Once again, the Boks will kick off their Rugby Championship campaign with back to back games against the Pumas.

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 19: Ross Cronje, Elton Jantjies, Courtnall Skosan of the Springboks during the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Argentina at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)

The fixtures list for the 2018 Rugby Championship was revealed on Thursday, and the Springboks will kick off their campaign against Argentina at Kings Park in Durban.

The coastal city, along with Port Elizabeth and Pretoria will host South Africa’s home games in the competition who, soon after their opener, head off to Mendoza for the return leg against the Pumas, with Brisbane and Wellington next on the itinerary.

Just as was the case last year, Rassie Erasmus’ men will round off the competition with a return home, where they will take on Australia at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, before facing off against defending champions, New Zealand at altitude at Loftus Versfeld.

When does the 2018 Rugby Championship start?

The competition starts on Saturday 18 August, with the trans-Tasman derby between Wallabies and the All Blacks kicking off proceedings in Sydney.

On the some day, later in the afternoon, the Boks will host the Pumas, whom they managed to defeat home and away in last year’s edition, where they finished a disappointing third after failing to register a victory against the two other nations in the competition.

They did however come agonisingly close to victory on three occasions, as they drew twice against the Wallabies, before closing off their campaign with a close defeat to champions, New Zealand in a dead rubber at Newlands.

Rugby Championship 2018 fixtures

All times are South African Standard Time.

18 August
Australia vs New Zealand, Sydney (12:05)
South Africa vs Argentina, Durban (17:05)

25 August
New Zealand vs Australia, Auckland (09:35)
Argentina vs South Africa, Mendoza (21:10)

8 September
New Zealand vs Argentina, Nelson (09:35)
Australia vs South Africa, Brisbane (12:05)

15 September
New Zealand vs South Africa, Wellington (09:35)
Australia vs Argentina, Gold Coast (20:05)

29 September South Africa vs Australia, Port Elizabeth (17:05)
Argentina vs New Zealand, Buenos Aires (00:40)

6 October
South Africa vs New Zealand, Pretoria (17:05)
Argentina vs Australia, Salta (00:40)

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