In the run-up to the British and Irish Lions, the series marks the first time that Georgia will tour South Africa, while it will also be the reunion of the two countries since their only previous clash, at the 2003 World Cup in Australia.
This means that Jacques Nienaber will make his debut as head coach of the Springboks the weekend of July 2/3, with the second clash scheduled for a week later. SA Rugby will confirm exact dates, venues and times later.
On the other hand, Rassie Erasmus, Director of rugby, said that lThe two meetings against Georgia offered the Springboks a very good opportunity to prepare for the long-awaited series with the British and Irish Lions..
“Nothing beats a full-fledged international to test your skill set, preparation and skill under pressure. We are delighted to have this opportunity before the Lions series, “Erasmus said, adding:” Jacques (Nienaber), his coaching staff and management have been working day and night to prepare the team as best they can, and the series of Georgia is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen outage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “
Last year, Nienaber was appointed head coach of South Africa, but the global pandemic has prevented the last world champions from playing since November 2, 2019, when they defeated England in the final in Japan.