Boks and All Blacks fill stadiums

Henry

The rivalry between the Springboks and the All Blacks contains all the ingredients of a rugby winning recipe.

And now, almost 102 years after the New Zealanders won the first match between these two countries with 13 – 5 in Dunedin, one of world rugby’s greatest duels is still as popular as ever.

The All Blacks confirmed on social media today that tickets for the Rugby Championship Test against the Bucks in Auckland have sold out.

At the same time, seats are being snapped up left and right for August’s World Cup preparation match at Twickenham: 65,000 tickets were already sold last week.

The Springboks and the All Blacks have already played against each other 103 times since their first meeting in 1921.

The All Blacks won 61 of these Tests, while the South Africans walked away victorious 38 times. A handful of tests also ended in draws.

In World Cup action, the Springboks won two of the five matches – including the historic final at Ellis Park in 1995.

  • Results of the World Cup matches between South Africa and New Zealand (Springboks score first):

15 – 12 (1995 – final)

22 – 18 (1999 – third place playoff)

9 – 29 (2003 – quarter final)

18 – 20 (2015 – semi-final)

13 – 23 (2019 – group match).