Mon, 18 Jan 2021

  • The Springboks will play Scotland as part of their end-of-year Test tour to Europe in 2021.
  • This is one of three internationals that will form part of what will be South Africa's first end-of-year tour to Europe in three years.
  • The other two fixtures are yet to be confirmed.

The Springboks will take on Scotland in Edinburgh on 13 November 2021 as part of the itinerary of their end-of-year Test to Europe, SA Rugby has announced.

The match is set for Murrayfield with Scotland trying to break an 11-year win drought against the current Rugby World Cup champions.

Since their last win over South Africa in 2010, a match dominated by the boot of Dan Parks in a 21-17 victory, Scotland have lost six matches on the trot to the Springboks.

The Boks are set to play the Scots as one of three internationals in Europe, with the other matches scheduled for 6 and 20 November 2021. The identity of the other two opponents on the traditional November tour will be confirmed in due course.

Rassie Erasmus, Director of Rugby, said the Springboks can expect another very tough match on their return to Murrayfield.

"Scotland have established themselves as a very tough and difficult side to beat," said Erasmus.

"Our last meeting two years ago went down to the wire and they will definitely be another huge threat, especially playing at home in front of a passionate Scottish crowd."

Erasmus added that the Springboks will have to be at their very best to combat their hosts in the northern hemisphere in 2021: "Next year's Tests will be the first time in three years the Springboks return to Europe, where the intense rivalry against tough opponents in different weather conditions will make for some very interesting Test match battles."

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend added: "Fans, players and coaches will be looking forward to next year when Scotland face southern hemisphere opposition in Australia and the current world champions, South Africa at Murrayfield."

The Springboks didn't tour in Europe last year due to the Rugby World Cup in Japan, while their annual northern hemisphere trip was cancelled this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which unfortunately resulted in no international action at all for the national team.

- SA Rugby

Source: News24

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