Boks reveal opponents for 2023 World Cup warm-up match
NEWS: The Springboks will line up against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, 19 August 2023, in preparation for their Rugby World Cup defence, which kicks off a few weeks thereafter when they face Scotland in Marseille on Sunday, September 10.
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber’s men will cross paths with Romania (September 17 in Bordeaux), Ireland (September 23 in Paris) and Tonga (October 1 in Marseille) in their other Rugby World Cup Pool B encounters in France.
With Wales being one of their regular Northern Hemisphere challengers and currently ranked seventh in the world, they will offer the Nienaber’s charges a good test to measure themselves going into the global spectacle.
The Springboks beat Wales by 2-1 in the July series on local soil earlier this year, but apart from a 23-18 victory in their opening match of the 2021 November Tour in Cardiff and a tightly-fought Rugby World Cup quarterfinal win by 19-16 in Yokohama in 2019, South Africa suffered four straight defeats against the Welsh between 2016 and 2018 (three times in Cardiff and once in Washington DC).
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Looking at these recent results, Nienaber feels the match in Cardiff would be great preparation for the Springboks.
“Wales have always proven to be tough competition for us and our results against them in the last few years are evidence of the quality of the side they are,” said Nienaber.
“The Rugby World Cup is one of the toughest competitions in the world, and you have to be at your best every week to reach the final, so it’s vital that we test ourselves against quality opposition in the lead-up to the competition.
“With Wales being in the top 10 in the world and holding a good win record against us in Cardiff in the last few seasons, we have no doubt this will be a strong character test and fantastic preparation for us going into the World Cup.”
The Springboks are currently on a short break, with some players already playing for their respective clubs and franchises. They are set to assemble for the year-end tour at the end of October.
The Boks will face Ireland on Saturday, November 5, France on November 12, Italy on November 19 and England on November 26 on the tour, while there are also two mid-week fixtures, against Munster (November 10) and the Bristol Bears (November 17).