Super Rugby is the flavour of the month but all South African rugby fans have one thing in the back of their minds – the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks will build up to the big tournament with four tough matches in a shortened version of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, starting in July. After this, the Southern Hemisphere teams will have to adapt quickly to Northern Hemisphere conditions, before the World Cup starts in England in September.
The form of SA teams in Super Rugby hasn’t been the best of late and the Bok captaincy is a grey area with Jean De Villiers still recovering from injury. On the plus side, a number of youngsters have put their hands up with standout performances in Super Rugby. Will Heyneke Meyer take a chance on them or will he stick with the old guard? Tough choices ahead…
Here are South Africa’s fixtures for 2015. Unfortunately, no matches at Newlands in this year’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship.
Castle Lager Rugby Championship:
- 18 July 2015: Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium – 12h05
- 25 July 2015: South Africa vs New Zealand
Emirates Airlines Park – 17h05
- 8 August 2015: South Africa vs Argentina
Growthpoint Kings Park – 17h05
- 15 August 2015: Argentina vs South Africa
Buenos Aires – Time TBC
Rugby World Cup:
- 19 September 2015: South Africa vs Japan
Brighton Community Stadium – 17h45
- 26 September 2015: South Africa vs Samoa
Villa Park – 17h45
- 3 October 2015: South Africa vs Scotland
St James’ Park – 17h45
- 7 October 2015: South Africa vs USA
Olympic Stadium – 17h45
All times are SA local time (GMT + 2 hours).