South Africa will face Georgia in July in two test matches ahead of the British and Irish Lions series; The Springboks haven’t played a test since winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup; their only senior meeting against Georgia was in 2003
Last updated: 10/05/21 12:41 pm
South Africa will play their first test matches since the World Cup was lifted in November 2019, when they host Georgia for two tests in July as a warm-up for the British and Irish Lions series.
The country has been hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic among the world’s major rugby nations, with limited national action and an inactive national team since the start of the global crisis.
There had been fears that they would enter the Lions series, which will include three tests between July 24 and August 7, with no international warm-up schedule as South Africa remains on the red list to travel in a number of countries.
But they will host Georgia on the weekends of July 2-3 and July 9-10, with exact locations and dates to be announced shortly, South African rugby said on Monday.
“Jacques (Nienaber), his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to keep the team as well prepared as possible, and the Georgia Series is a much needed opportunity after such a long and unexpected hiatus due to the Covid-19. Pandemic, ”Springboks rugby director Rassie Erasmus said in a statement.
South Africa and Georgia have only met once before in senior international competition, with the Springboks counting 46-19 group stage winners at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.
The teams were scheduled to meet in South Africa last year, but the match was called off due to the pandemic.