The news is out. Australia is coming to Emirates Airline Park in 2019 to face the Springboks on 20 July. This will be the first time since 2008 that the Wallabies will be in action in Johannesburg.
Edgar Rathbone, managing director of EPS (Pty) Ltd was delighted with the announcement made by SA Rugby earlier Yesterday. “We are very excited about the news that we will be hosting a Springbok test against Australia next year. We hope that we can play our part in preparing our team for the 2019 World Cup,” Rathbone said.
SA Rugby confirmed that the Springboks will play their only two home Tests in 2019 in Johannesburg and Pretoria, with the opening round of a shortened Castle Lager Rugby Championship taking place on Saturday, 20 July at Emirates Airline Park against Australia, while an additional Test against Argentina on Saturday, 17 August will be played at Loftus Versfeld.
Due to next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to play in a condensed Caste Lager Rugby Championship. The clash against the Pumas in Pretoria does not form part of the competition and takes place on the same day as a second Bledisloe Cup clash between the Wallabies and All Blacks.
Vodacom Super Rugby kicks off on the weekend of 16 February and will run interrupted until the final on Saturday 6 July, which means no Castle Lager Incoming Tour will take place in the RWC year.
Details on ticket prices for Emirates Airline Park will be announced later.