Once again, the Boks will kick off their Rugby Championship campaign with back to back games against the Pumas.
The fixtures list for the 2018 Rugby Championship was revealed on Thursday, and the Springboks will kick off their campaign against Argentina at Kings Park in Durban.
The coastal city, along with Port Elizabeth and Pretoria will host South Africa’s home games in the competition who, soon after their opener, head off to Mendoza for the return leg against the Pumas, with Brisbane and Wellington next on the itinerary.
Just as was the case last year, Rassie Erasmus’ men will round off the competition with a return home, where they will take on Australia at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, before facing off against defending champions, New Zealand at altitude at Loftus Versfeld.
When does the 2018 Rugby Championship start?
The competition starts on Saturday 18 August, with the trans-Tasman derby between Wallabies and the All Blacks kicking off proceedings in Sydney.
On the some day, later in the afternoon, the Boks will host the Pumas, whom they managed to defeat home and away in last year’s edition, where they finished a disappointing third after failing to register a victory against the two other nations in the competition.
They did however come agonisingly close to victory on three occasions, as they drew twice against the Wallabies, before closing off their campaign with a close defeat to champions, New Zealand in a dead rubber at Newlands.
Rugby Championship 2018 fixtures
All times are South African Standard Time.
Australia vs New Zealand, Sydney (12:05)
South Africa vs Argentina, Durban (17:05)
New Zealand vs Australia, Auckland (09:35)
Argentina vs South Africa, Mendoza (21:10)
New Zealand vs Argentina, Nelson (09:35)
Australia vs South Africa, Brisbane (12:05)
New Zealand vs South Africa, Wellington (09:35)
Australia vs Argentina, Gold Coast (20:05)
South Africa vs Australia, Port Elizabeth (17:05)
Argentina vs New Zealand, Buenos Aires (00:40)
South Africa vs New Zealand, Pretoria (17:05)
Argentina vs Australia, Salta (00:40)