THE Springboks will return to the FNB Stadium in Soweto for the final home Test of 2012 when they take on newly-crowned world champions New Zealand in the final encounter of the Castle Rugby Championship.
The Springboks also host England in a three-Test series, as well as take on Australia and Argentina in the enlarged southern hemisphere showpiece in a fascinating six-Test home programme. The venues were confirmed by the Executive Council in Cape Town on Thursday.
England arrive in June for what will be the first three-Test tour to South Africa by a single country since New Zealand visited these shores in 1996. The Tests will be played at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban, Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The full home Test schedule is as follows:
Castle Incoming Tours
Saturday, 9 June: Springboks vs England – Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, 16 June: Springboks vs England – Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, 23 June: Springboks vs England – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
The Castle Rugby Championships
Saturday, 18 August: Springboks vs Argentina – DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Saturday, 29 September: Springboks vs Australia – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Saturday, 6 October: Springboks vs New Zealand – FNB Stadium, Soweto.-Sarugby.net