SA Rugby have confirmed the official day for the naming of the Springboks’ 33-man squad to defend South Africa’s Rugby World Cup title in France this year.
Speaking during an official press conference in Stellenbosch on Wednesday, Bok operations head Charles Wessels announced that the final group to board the plane to France will be finalised and revealed on Tuesday, 8 August.
The Springboks will kick off a bumper 2023 season against Australia in Pretoria on Saturday, 8 July, in the opening round of the shortened Rugby Championship, which will be followed by clashes against New Zealand at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland a week later, and Argentina in Johannesburg on Saturday, 29 July, in their final match on home soil before the build-up to their Rugby World Cup defence starts.
In August, the Boks will travel to Buenos Aires to take on the Pumas before facing Wales and the All Blacks in Rugby World Cup warm-up matches in Cardiff and London in the final build-up to the global showpiece in France.
SA will launch their World Cup title defence on Sunday, 10 September, against Scotland in Marseille, which will be followed by pool matches against Romania in Bordeaux (17 September), Ireland in Paris (23 September) and Tonga in Marseille (1 October).
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