Springbok wing Makazole Mapimpi celebrates with Faf de Klerk and Lukhanyo Am after scoring his team’s first try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 final between England and South Africa.
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- The Springboks will tackle England in a Test at Twickenham on 20 November 2021.
- It will be South Africa’s final match of a three-game year-end tour.
- The Boks will also tackle Scotland at Murrayfield, while their opponents for the opening match are yet to be confirmed.
The Springboks and England will square off in a Test at Twickenham on 20 November 2021.
The match, which was confirmed by the English RFU on Tuesday, will be the final one of South Africa’s three-game year-end tour.
This follows last week’s announcement of South Africa’s Test against Scotland a week earlier – on 13 November in Edinburgh.
It will be the first time the Springboks face off against England since winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final 32-12 in Yokohama.
It will also be South Africa’s first trip to Twickenham since 2018, when England narrowly edged the Springboks 12-11. Prior to that drama-filled encounter, the Boks had beaten England 2-1 in a home series.
“Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special,” Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s director of rugby, said via a press statement.
“England are an incredibly proud rugby nation and in Eddie Jones they have an astute coach who will no doubt be working on a plan to outsmart the Springboks for our rematch at Twickenham.
“The history and rivalry between our two countries always make for a great contest and we are looking forward to play the English at their Twickenham fortress where it will require a special performance to match them.”
South Africa’s last win over England at Twickenham was a 31-28 success in 2014. Overall, the Boks have won 26 Tests against England, lost 15 and drawn two.
England coach Jones added: “These will be some good games of rugby and tough tests for us as we work to improve ourselves as a team.
“South Africa are world champions and we’ll be looking to benchmark ourselves against them.
“We’ve not had the chance to play southern hemisphere teams this year, so it will be a good chance to see where we are up to and hopefully some great rugby for our supporters to enjoy.”
The name of the Springboks’ third opponents, for the opening match of their European tour on 6 November next year, will be revealed in due course.
Springboks’ 2021 European Tour opponents:
6 November: TBA
13 November: Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
20 November: England at Twickenham, London
– Compiled by Sport24 staff