SA Rugby have announced that the Springboks will host Georgia for the first Test meeting on South African soil in July 2020.
Springboks to face Scotland and Georgia in July
“The Springboks will face Scotland and Georgia in three home Tests in the new international window of July 2020, as part of the Castle Lager Incoming Series match schedule,” SA Rugby confirmed in a press release on Wednesday (20 November 2019).
“The newly-crowned Rugby World Cup champions are scheduled to play two Tests against Scotland, on 4 and 11 July, before hosting Georgia in a historical first home Test, on Saturday, 18 July.”
SA Rugby will confirm the venues and kick-off times of the three matches at a later stage.
Scotland crashed out of the Rugby World Cup at the group stage after suffering defeats to Ireland and hosts Japan.
To add insult to injury, comments made by Scotland Rugby officials regarding the potential cancellation of the team’s final group match against Japan saw the Union fined by World Rugby. Officials said the Union were considering legal action if their final group match was called off, a result that would have seen Japan top the group and Ireland finish second. As it was the game went ahead, and Scotland lost bowing out anyway.
The Scots might be Lions
Scotland have never won a Test match against the Springboks in South Africa losing in all seven attempts. The Boks have only lost to the Scots twice since readmission, those defeats coming in 2002 and 2010 at Murrayfield. The Scots will arrive with the extra incentive of being able to make an impression on Lions coach Warren Gatland who is expected to be keeping an eye on the Boks ahead of their 2021 tour.
Georgia competed in their fourth Rugby World Cup in 2019 putting in their best performances against Uruguay, whom they beat 33-7, and Australia, making the Wallabies grind for a 27-8 win.
Rugby fans had hoped that the Springboks might host Japan when SA Rugby advised the media that South Africa would host a tier 2 nation after the visit of Scotland.
The Lelos were able to disrupt the setpiece dominance of Australia for periods of that game, but many will question whether they will provide the kind of Test the Boks need ahead of full Rugby Championship schedule.