Mark your calendar: 2023 is the target for the Springboks

Mark your calendar: 2023 is the target for the Springboks

The Springboks will compete in every Test of every event, including the Rugby Championship and the 2023 World Cup, during the following 12 months.

The South Africans will play in a shortened Rugby Championship and a few warm-up Tests before the season finishes with a World Cup campaign for skipper Siya Kolisi and his team.

The Springboks are now scheduled to play 10 Tests, excluding any potential World Cup playoff games. South Africa’s schedule leading up to the Rugby World Cup 2023 is not unduly crowded, but they will face a few arduous obstacles.

The Springboks’ 2023 international season will begin with three Rugby Championship matches against their southern hemisphere opponents, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, but Sanzaar has yet to provide the specifics (order of play, dates, and locations) of those matches.

South Africa will prepare for the World Cup in Argentina.

South Africa will play warm-up games against Argentina (5 August), Wales (19 August), and the All Blacks in preparation for rugby’s most prestigious tournament (25 August).

For their defense of the World Cup, South Africa has been placed in a group with Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, and Romania.

South Africa’s warm-up schedule is subject to change/expansion. But as we embark into 2023, the following is the outlook for the future year.

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Springboks versus. Australia, 8 July (Venue and time TBC)

Springboks against. New Zealand, 15 July (Venue and time TBC)

Springboks against. Argentina, 29 July (Venue and time TBC)

World Cup preparations:

✈ 5 August: Springboks against Argentina (Vélez Stadium, Buenos Aires)

✈ 19 August: Springboks vs Wales (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

On August 25, Springboks take on New Zealand (Twickenham Stadium, London)

Rugby world championship:

South Africa vs. Scotland (10 September, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)

September 17: South Africa versus Romania (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)

September 23: South Africa versus Ireland (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)

South Africa vs. Tonga (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille) on October 1.

From 14 to 28 October, the World Cup playoffs will be held in the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and the Stade de France in Paris.

The teams competing in these knockout matches will be chosen as the World Cup unfolds, therefore it is uncertain if the Springboks will continue past the pool stage. Nonetheless, the Springboks might theoretically reach the 2023 World Cup final.

The quarterfinals play sequence is as follows:
QF 1 — Winner Pool C vs Runner up Pool D
QF 2 — Winner Pool B vs Runner up Pool A
QF 3 — Winner Pool D vs Runner up Pool C
QF 4 — Winner Pool A versus Runner up Pool B

The semi-finals play sequence is as follows:
SF 1 — Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
SF 2 — Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

Third-place matchup: Loser SF 1 versus Loser SF 2.

Final of the World Cup: Winner of SF 1 versus Winner of SF 2.


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