Another midweek game has been added to the Springboks’ itinerary for their November tour with the announcement that SA Select XV will encounter Munster in his first of two non-test matches on a trip to the northern hemisphere in an exciting end-of-year expedition.

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The Springboks will play four Tests on the tour, vs Ireland (in Dublin on November 5), France (in Marseille on November 12), Italy (in Genoa on November 19), and England (in London on November 26), while the SA Select XV will face Irish giants Munster on Thursday, November 10 at a venue yet to be determined, a week before they face Bristol Bears (November 17) at Ashton Gate in midweek games.

It will be the first time in the professional era that Munster have faced a touring South African side, with the sides last meeting back in 1970.

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Interestingly, the teams have only met three times and all of those matches have been won by the South Africans.

Venue and ticket information will be announced later.

Springbok coach Jacques Ninaber was delighted to announce the match against Munster, who he is very familiar with as a member of the team’s coaching staff with SA Rugby, Director of Rugby Rassi Erasmus between 2016 and 2018 before returning to South Africa.

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“Munster are a giant force in Ireland and they offer the SA Select XV exactly the type of test we need to build combinations and player depth as we prepare for next year’s Rugby World Cup.” – said Ninaber.

“We have been working with a large squad this year to give an expanded group of players the opportunity to challenge for a place at the Rugby World Cup and beyond, and having come up against top opposition like Munster and Bristol, I have no doubt we will get some the answers we need, with an international extravaganza about a year away.’

Ninaber said that while they will work out the specifics of how to manage the team effectively between midweek matches and Tests, being able to play in those matches will benefit the coaches and players.

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“We haven’t had a proper rugby tour with midweek games for a few years so we’re really excited about this opportunity.” – said Ninaber.

“Obviously we will need to be creative in how we divide our management staff and players so that the Test squad and SA Select XV have everything they need to be as prepared as possible for the respective matches, but the benefits of this tour are fading. significant in the development of our coaches and players.

“Obviously, we will continue our collaborative approach as a management staff, and the fact that we can hold virtual meetings will simplify that process.

“The most important aspect, however, is that we will be able to give most of the players who have been in our system, and perhaps some who have been knocking on the door, an opportunity to show what they can do while continuing to build their familiarity with our systems and coaching staff.”

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Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan was equally enthusiastic about the match and said: “We are delighted to welcome South Africa to the province for the first time in over 50 years and we are grateful to the Irish Rugby Football Union and SA Rugby for all their help in making this happen.

“Munster Rugby has a proud tradition of hosting major touring teams and facing the SA Select XV during this autumn series will be a very exciting prospect for the club and our supporters. Now that we have the opposition and a date, we are exploring venue options and will update supporter and ticket information as soon as possible.”

Springbok end of year tour schedule:

Saturday 5 November: South Africa v Ireland (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
Thursday 10 November: SA Select XV v Munster (venue to be determined)
Saturday 12 November: South Africa v France (Stade Velodrome, Marseille)
Thursday 17 November: SA Select XV v Bristol Bears (Ashton Gate, Bristol)
Saturday 19 November: South Africa v Italy (Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa)
Saturday 26 November: South Africa v England (Twickenham, London)

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