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3 Mar 2022
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Bok home Tests in 2022: Tickets from R150 to R1,500 to go on sale

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SA Rugby are hoping for an easing on spectator numbers before the international season gets under way.

Tickets for the Springboks' home Tests this year go on sale next week. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ticket sales for the Springboks’ home Test matches this season will go on public sale at noon on 9 March in a unique, coordinated launch.

Hosting venues for the Incoming Series against Wales and the Rugby Championship matches have aligned their on-sale dates for the first time.

Virtual card holding clients of Springbok partner, FNB, will have an “early bird” window to snap up seats on 7 and 8 March, with public sales opening at 12pm on 9 March for most venues.

In the past, the hosting venues have launched their ticket sales in an ad hoc manner, but this year SA Rugby and the host unions have aligned on a coordinated approach, considering the significance of the season.

The announcement offers light at the end of a long dark tunnel as rugby supporters have been barred from attending home Springbok matches in South Africa for the past two years because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The last time a Springbok fan attended a Test in South Africa was more than two and a half years ago – a 24-18 victory over Argentina on 19 August 2019 at Loftus Versfeld.

The Springboks did not play at all in 2020 because of the pandemic and in 2021 the Lions Series and two Tests against Argentina in the Rugby Championship were played behind closed doors.

Return of fans

Fans have been permitted to return to matches in 2022 and the expectation is that the current limit of 2,000 per match will be relaxed over the coming months.

That means:

  • The Boks’ season opener against Wales at Loftus Versfeld (2 July) will be the first time in six weeks short of three years that home fans will have been able to see the team live;
  • It will be four years since the Boks played in Bloemfontein (9 July v Wales);
  • And the third Test against Wales (16 July) will be the first time the team has played at Cape Town Satdium in front of a crowd.

Those matches are followed by the double header against New Zealand – at Mbombela Stadium and Ellis Park on 6 and 13 August respectively – before the home season closer at Kings Park on 24 September.

Tickets and prices

Tickets are priced within a broad range with all venues offering an entry level price of R150 (R200 at Ellis Park) with top-priced tickets at R1,500 for the mouth-watering mini-series against the All Blacks.

Tickets for the three Wales Tests in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town as well as the match against New Zealand in Johannesburg are available from Ticketpro by clicking here.

Tickets for the All Black Test in Nelspruit are available from Computicket by clicking here.

Tickets for the Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Durban in September will go on sale within the next month.

SA Rugby is hopeful that the current restrictions on crowd size will be relaxed in the coming weeks to bring to life the exciting prospect of seeing the Boks run out once again in front of thousands of cheering fans.

Government’s prevailing health and safety requirements at the time of the matches will be in place and rugby fans are urged to make sure they’re vaccinated to ensure entry into the venues.

The full local Test schedule with ticket price range is:

Incoming Series fixtures (kick-off times TBC):

  • Saturday, 2 July: Springboks v Wales – Pretoria – R150 to R1,000
  • Saturday, 9 July: Springboks v Wales – Bloemfontein – R150 to R1,000
  • Saturday, 16 July: Springboks v Wales – Cape Town – R150 to R1,250

Rugby Championship fixtures (kick-off times TBC):

  • Saturday, 6 August: Springboks v NZ – Nelspruit – R150 to R1,500
  • Saturday, 13 August: Springboks v NZ – Johannesburg – R200 to R1,500
  • Saturday, 24 September: Springboks v Argentina – Durban – R150 to R800