The South African Rugby Union have announced the details of their six home Tests for the 2016 season which starts with three Tests against Six Nations champions Ireland.
South Africa’s Springboks will play a three-test series against the Springboks in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth in June 2016.
SARU also confirmed that back-to-back Rugby World Cup champions, New Zealand, would venture away from Johannesburg for the first time since 2011 when they meet the Springboks at Kings Park, Durban, on 8 October in the Rugby Championship.
Rugby World Cup finalists Australia return to Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, while their semi-final opponents, Argentina, will venture into new territory for the Pumas, in Nelspruit, when they take on the Boks in the opening round of the Rugby Championship on 20 August.
Springbok home fixtures in 2016
Incoming Series v Ireland
– 11 June: South Africa v Ireland (1st Test), Newlands, Cape Town
– 18 June: South Africa v Ireland (2nd Test), Ellis Park, Johannesburg
– 25 June: South Africa v Ireland (3rd Test), Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Rugby Championship (home fixtures)
– 20 August: South Africa v Argentina, Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
– 1 October: South Africa v Australia, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
– 8 October: South Africa v New Zealand, Kings Park, Durban