South Africa to face Georgia ahead of series against British and Irish Lions

South Africa were the winners of the 2019 World Cup
South Africa were the winners of the 2019 World Cup
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World Champions South Africa will be taking on Georgia in a two-match Test series in July ahead of their series against the British and Irish Lions.

The Springboks haven't played a Test match since their victorious 2019 World Cup campaign in Japan with the pandemic coronavirus hampering their participation in the Rugby Championship in Australia last year.

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus in a statement confirmed that the games against Georgia will be played on the weekends of 2-3 July and 9-10 July with the venues to be decided in due course.

"Jacques (Nienaber), his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible, and the Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic," said Erasmus.

Both South Africa and Georgia have faced each other just once previously that came during the 2003 World Cup in Sydney with the Springboks recording a 46-19 win.

Following the games against Georgia, South Africa will take on the British and Irish Lions in the three-match Test series that will be played on 24th July, 31st July and 7th August with FNB Stadium, Cape Town Stadium and Ellis Park Stadium being the venues.

 

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