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By Cornelia Le Roux

Digital Deputy News Editor

Bok blackout! SABC ‘sin-bins’ today’s Springbok-Ireland match

The national broadcaster will no longer be showing the two SA matches of the Springbok-Ireland Test series.

Bok fans’ game plan of watching Saturday’s much-anticipated clash of the Springboks against Ireland at Loftus Versfeld, in Pretoria, today from the comfort of their own home, have been dashed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

In a statement released on Friday evening, the SABC announced that it will no longer broadcast the two Springbok Test matches against Ireland on Saturday, 6 July and Saturday, 13 July as previously communicated.

According to the national broadcaster, this decision will impact TV broadcast only and the matches will be carried live on several radio stations.

Why will SABC 2 no longer broadcast Springbok-Ireland match?

The SABC says the decision follows a recent urgent litigation at the Competition Appeal Court over the broadcast rights to the Test matches which necessitated the national broadcaster to review its decision to continue with the sub-licence agreement concluded with Multichoice.

The last time the Springboks took the field on home soil was in July last year against Argentina.

Clash of the Titans

The Springboks are the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, while Ireland are ranked number two in the world.

Today’s match – which will kick off at 5pm – will now only be broadcast for live viewing on SuperSport.

Springbok radio: Where to listen…

The SABC will be broadcasting all six inbound Springbok matches on the following radio stations:

  • Radio 2000;
  • RSG;
  • Motsweding FM;
  • Lesedi FM;
  • Thobela FM;
  • Ukhozi FM;
  • Umhlobo Wenene FM;
  • Ligwalagwala FM;
  • Ikwekwezi FM;
  • Munghana Lonene FM; and
  • Phalaphala FM.

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