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Springboks to open 2019 Rugby World Cup against the All Blacks

The Springboks face the very daunting task of kicking off their campaign in the 2019 Rugby World Cup against world champions, New Zealand. The clash between the southern hemisphere superpowers will take place on 21 September 2019 at the International Stadium Yokohama. The draw was announced by World Rugby on Thursday.
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Host nation, Japan kick off the tournament on Friday, 20 September against a side yet to be confirmed, subject to European qualifiers.
The Springboks’ next encounter will be against a qualifier from Africa a week later on 28 September after which they will meet Italy on 4 October.
The last of the Boks’ group stage fixtures will be against the winner of the repechage qualifiers on 8 October.

Coetzee not phased by the task at hand

Bok coach Allister Coetzee welcomed the prospect of facing the world champions first up and said his side took a lot of belief from their last encounter against the All Blacks in Cape Town.

“We play the number one side in the world at the moment and we are aware how good they are.” – he said.

 “The Test match in Cape Town has given our players a lot of belief and if we keep on improving then it will make for an even more interesting match.

 

 “We are really excited to meet them first up, there is a great and proud rivalry between the Springboks and All Blacks and judging by past encounters between the two sides, this opening group match is bound to be another massive contest.”

 

 Coetzee also commented on the rest of his side’s opponents and stated that they won’t be taking any team lightly.

“If you look at the November Tests in the Northern Hemisphere, you will see how competitive each of those test matches are. We have a lot of respect for all the teams in our pool and it important to have prepared very well for each match.” – he said.

 The Springboks and the All Blacks will be meeting for the first time in the round robin stages of the Rugby World Cup, having previously met in each of the knockout stages of the tournament. The last time these two sides met in the competition was in the semi-final at Twickenham in the 2015 edition – a match where South Africa were knocked out by the eventual champions.

Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup  schedule 

Saturday, 21 September: South Africa vs New Zealand, International Stadium Yokohama – 11h45 (Central African Time)

Saturday, 28 September: South Africa vs Africa 1, City of Toyota Stadium – 11h45 (CAT)

Friday, 4 October: South Africa vs Italy, Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa – 11h45 (CAT)

Tuesday, 8 October: South Africa vs Repechage winner, Kobe Misaki Stadium – 12h15 (CAT)

Knockout schedule

The quarter-finals are scheduled for 19 and 20 October (in Oita and Tokyo), followed by the two semi-finals on 26 and 27 October (both in Yokohama) and the 3rd/4th place play-off on 1 November (in Tokyo).

Source: thesouthafrican