The Springboks will kick off the defence of their 2023 Rugby World Cup crown on Sunday, 10 September 2023 against Scotland in the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, it was confirmed when World Rugby officially revealed the dates and venues during a live online event in Paris on Friday.
The Springbok Sevens team will not participate in the Madrid Sevens tournaments at Campo UCM Central later this month after the national government of Spain extended their COVID-19 related travel restrictions on a number of countries, including South Africa.
The Vodacom Bulls won the Carling Currie Cup for the first time since 2009 when they defeated the Cell C Sharks in a dramatic and nail-biting final at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday, which only ended after a weather-enforced suspension in play and 20 minutes of extra time.
SA Rugby Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, on Monday congratulated the four Carling Currie Cup semi-finalists and praised all the participating sides for their perseverance in what has been a challenging 2020 season.
The Vodacom Bulls and Xerox Lions will meet in the first of the two Carling Currie Cup semi-finals on Saturday, 23 January, as SA Rugby announced the kick-off times on Tuesday.