Boks RWC schedule announced
South Africa's 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign will get underway against a top qualifier from Asia at the Brighton Community Stadium in Brighton and Hove.
The announcement of the pool draw was made at a function at Twickenham in London on Thursday. The Springboks will play their pool matches in Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle and London. South Africa are in Pool B alongside Scotland, Samoa, Asia 1 and Americas 2.
There are 871 days from today until the Springboks start their quest to win the Webb Ellis Cup for an unprecedented third time in England in 2015, on Saturday 19 September, at the home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.
Following their opening match, the Springboks will move north, to the central English city of Birmingham, where they will face Samoa at Villa Park, home of the English Premiership soccer team Aston Villa, on Saturday, 26 September.
The Springboks’ third match, against Scotland on Saturday, 3 October, is scheduled for the historic St James’ Park in Newcastle in the far north east of England, where Newcastle United play their Premiership home matches.
For their final pool match, the Springboks will move from St James’ Park, in use since 1880, to the brand new Olympic Stadium in London, built specifically for the Olympic Games last year. This match, against the second qualifier from the Americas, will take place on Wednesday, 7 October.
“The Springboks have a proud record at Rugby World Cups and I’m confident they will be there again at the business end of the tournament in 2015, but we have to ensure our planning is perfect for this tournament if we are going to do our country proud over in England.” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.
“It’s great to know this far in advance what our schedule for the pool matches will look like, as it provides our logistics team with ample opportunity to ensure the Springboks stay in the best hotels, get the best training facilities and come up with a travel schedule what will benefit the team..
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said: “Playing in parts of the UK that we normally don’t see, such as Brighton, Birmingham and Newcastle, is exciting.
“In the end however, the games still have to be won and it doesn’t matter where we play, we have to ensure we get more points on the scoreboard than our opponents.
“The Rugby World Cup is still more than two years away and a lot of rugby will be played between now and then, but we now have an opportunity to put all our planning into place for that tournament.”
The four quarter-finals are scheduled for Twickenham in London and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the weekend of 17/18 October. Both semi-finals will be hosted by Twickenham (24/25 October), while the third-place playoff will take place on 30 October at the Olympic Stadium.
The Rugby World Cup final will be at Twickenham on Saturday, 31 October 2015.
Pool A fixtures
Fri Sep 18, England v Oceania 1, Twickenham
Sun Sep 20, Wales v Play-Off Winner, Millennium Stadium
Wed Sep 23, Australia v Oceania 1, Millennium Stadium
Sat Sep 26, England v Wales, Twickenham
Sun Sep 27, Australia v Play-Off Winner, Villa Park
Thu Oct 1, Wales v Oceania 1, Millennium Stadium
Sat Oct 3, England v Australia, Twickenham
Tue Oct 6, Oceania 1 v Play-Off Winner, stadium:mk
Sat Oct 10, Australia v Wales, Twickenham
Sat Oct 10, England v Play-Off Winner, Manchester
Pool B fixtures
Sat Sep 19, South Africa v Asia 1, Brighton
Sun Sep 20, Samoa v Americas 2, Brighton
Wed Sep 23, Scotland v Asia 1, Kingsholm
Sat Sep 26, South Africa v Samoa, Villa Park
Sun Sep 27, Scotland v Americas 2, Elland Road
Sat Oct 3, Samoa v Asia 1, stadium:mk
Sat Oct 3, South Africa v Scotland, St James' Park
Wed Oct 7, South Africa v Americas 2, Olympic Stadium
Sat Oct 10, Samoa v Scotland, St James' Park
Sun Oct 11, Americas 2 v Asia 1, Kingsholm
Pool C fixtures
Sat Sep 19, Tonga v Europe 1, Kingsholm
Sun Sep 20, New Zealand v Argentina, Wembley
Thu Sep 24, New Zealand v Africa 1, Olympic Stadium
Fri Sep 25, Argentina v Europe 1, Kingsholm
Tue Sep 29, Tonga v Africa 1, Sandy Park
Fri Oct 2, New Zealand v Europe 1, Millennium Stadium
Sun Oct 4, Argentina v Tonga, Leicester
Wed Oct 7, Africa 1 v Europe 1, Sandy Park
Fri Oct 9, New Zealand v Tonga, St James' Park
Sun Oct 11, Argentina v Africa 1, Leicester
Pool D fixtures
Sat Sep 19, Ireland v Americas 1, Millennium Stadium
Sat Sep 19, France v Italy, Twickenham
Wed Sep 23, France v Europe 2, Olympic Stadium
Sat Sep 26, Italy v Americas 1, Elland Road
Sun Sep 27, Ireland v Europe 2, Wembley
Thu Oct 1, France v Americas 1, stadium:mk
Sun Oct 4, Ireland v Italy, Olympic Stadium
Tue Oct 6, Americas 1 v Europe 2, Leicester
Sun Oct 11, Italy v Europe 2, Sandy Park
Sun Oct 11, France v Ireland, Millennium Stadium
Sat Oct 17, QF1: W Pool C v RU Pool D, Millennium Stadium
Sat Oct 17, QF2: W Pool B v RU Pool A, Twickenham
Sun Oct 18, QF3: W Pool D v RU Pool C, Millennium Stadium
Sun Oct 18, QF4: W Pool A v RU Pool B, Twickenham
Sat Oct 24, SF1: W QF1 v W QF2, Twickenham
Sun Oct 25, SF2: W QF3 v W QF4, Twickenham
Fri Oct 30, Bronze Final, Olympic Stadium
Sat Oct 31, Final, Twickenham