live-stream the Bokke taking on the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday July 27 2019 at 9.25am
The Springboks are still without regular captain Siya Kolisi, so Rassie Erasmus is mixing up the leadership pack again. Eben Etzebeth led the team against Australia in Johannesburg, but Duane Vermeulen will do the honours in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Kick off time is 9:35 (SAST). SuperSport 1 will stream the action live – a subscription is required to watch.
The 2019 Rugby Championship might be trimmed down, but the action certainly isn’t.
South Africa have won just 36 out of the 98 meetings between the two teams. The Boks do have the advantage of having beaten the All Blacks at the same venue last year, but you have to go back to 1998 to find the last time before that to find a win for them in Wellington.
Against Argentina, albeit with a depleted side, New Zealand showed what everybody already knows – they do have vulnerabilities.
While teams aren’t shying away from trying something new, New Zealand and South Africa will play a Rugby World Cup dress rehearsal this weekend. The two teams will play each other in the group stages of the showpiece, but will feel each other out over the weekend.
The last time the Bokke played at the Westpac Stadium, in 2018, they defied the odds to beat New Zealand 36-34, and will be hoping for another win to bolster their and the country’s hopes for victory going into the World Cup, when they will meet the All Blacks in the group stages.
With this year’s abridged Rugby Championship line-up – the four top southern hemisphere teams only facing one another once instead of twice, in only three rounds – fans can’t afford to miss a game.