Boks open RWC in Brighton

The Springboks will play their RWC Pool B matches in Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle and London against Scotland, Samoa, Asia 1 and Americas 2.

There are 871 days until the Boks begin their quest to win the World Cup for an unprecedented third time in England, on Saturday 19 September, at the home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

Following their opening match, the Springboks will move north, to the central English city of Birmingham, where they will face Samoa at Villa Park, home of the English Premiership soccer team Aston Villa, on Saturday, 26 September.

The Springboks’ third match, against Scotland on Saturday, 3 October, is scheduled for the historic St James’ Park in Newcastle in the far north east of England, where Newcastle United play their Premiership home matches.

For their final pool match, the Springboks will move from St James’ Park to the brand new Olympic Stadium in London, built specifically for the Olympic Games last year. This match, against the second qualifier from the Americas, will take place on Wednesday, 7 October.

“It’s great to know this far in advance what our schedule for the pool matches will look like, as it provides our logistics team with ample opportunity to ensure the Springboks stay in the best hotels, get the best training facilities and come up with a travel schedule what will benefit the team..” said CEO Jurie Rouz.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said: “Playing in parts of the UK that we normally don’t see, such as Brighton, Birmingham and Newcastle, is exciting.

“The Rugby World Cup is still more than two years away and a lot of rugby will be played between now and then, but we now have an opportunity to put all our planning into place for that tournament.”

The four quarter-finals are scheduled for Twickenham in London and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the weekend of 17/18 October. Both semi-finals will be hosted by Twickenham (24/25 October), while the third-place playoff will take place on 30 October at the Olympic Stadium.

The Rugby World Cup final will be at Twickenham on Saturday, 31 October 2015.

The Springboks’ RWC 2015 Pool B schedule is:

Saturday, 19 Sept – Asia 1, Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton

Saturday, 26 Sept – Samoa, Villa Park, Birmingham

Saturday, 3 Oct – Scotland, St James’ Park, Newcastle

Wednesday, 7 Oct – Americas 2, Olympic Stadium, London