The series marks the first time Georgia will tour South Africa, while the two Tests are also the first time the two countries will meet again since their only previous clash at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

It means Jacques Nienaber will make his debut as Springbok head coach on the weekend of 2-3 July, with the second clash set for one week later on the weekend of 9-10 July.

Those are the same weekends the Lions will be facing the Stormers and Sharks, respectively. SA Rugby will confirm the exact dates, venues and kick-off times in due course.

SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said the two-Test series against Georgia will offer the Springboks a very good opportunity to prepare for the much-anticipated Lions series.

‘Nothing beats a full-blooded international to test your skill set, readiness and ability under pressure, and we are delighted to have this opportunity before the Lions series,’ said Erasmus.

‘Jacques [Nienaber], his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible, and the Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity.’