Experience the Passion of a Rugby Match in South Africa

There is nothing quite like the experience of watching a rugby international in South Africa.

With the Super 15 rugby competition now done-and-dusted, it’s time for rugby fans to turn our attention to the Rugby Championship – a competition which sees Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa compete for bragging rights as the best team in the Southern Hemisphere – and confidence leading up to next year’s Rugby World Cup in England.

After strong showings in the Super 15 and and a nail-biting 12-12 draw in a wet and windy ANZ Stadium, fans of both the Wallabies and All Blacks can approach the upcoming internationals with optimism. But standing between them and the trophy is a proud South African team with an amazing record in this competition.

Rugby matches in South Africa resemble street parties, with fans arriving early to have a braai (barbecue) before the match and partying well into the night after the match.  They offer travellers an amazing insight into the vibrancy of South African’s passionate and welcoming people!

The All Blacks in Johannesburg

ellisParkWhen: October 4th
Where: Ellis Park, Johannesberg

Join 60,000 screaming fans at the imposing Ellis Park to cheer on the All Blacks in ‘Jozi’.

Last year’s nine–try thriller between these two sides has been described as one of the greatest matches of the professional era, with the match referee Nigel Owens Tweeting:
“That was the greatest game of rugby I have ever had the privilege to referee. Huge credit to both teams for showing what rugby is all about’

Aside from what promises to be a cracking game, Johannesburg offers travellers a wealth of entertainment options – from spectacular dining and night-life to emotive museums which document South Africa’s freedom movement there is a heap to do in and around Johannesburg!

Find out more:

A great place to begin planning your ultimate rugby trip to Johannesburg is to check out the South African Tourism’s city pages with a wealth of information about how to make the most out of your time in this exciting and vibrant city.

The All Blacks organise official tours which take in safari visits to check out the big five, and tours of Soweto in addition to match tickets and accommodation.

NewlandseditedThe Wallabies in Cape Town

When: September 27th
Where: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

Fresh from the Waratah’s triumph in the Super Rugby competition, Wallaby fans are on a high, and are cautiously optimistic that Australia can address South Africa’s recent dominance.

Winter in Cape Town is known as the ‘secret’ season and offers travellers a wealth of opportunities to explore.

Highlights of a winter tour to Cape Town include a trip up Table Mountain, a tour to Robben Island, and a few hours (or days) in the nearby Cape Winelands. Also, check out Boulders Beach for the amazing penguins and whale watching!

Find out more about your trip to Cape Town and surrounding areas here:

The Wallabies’ travel partner We Love Rugby has some great info on how to book your trip to watch the Wallabies in Cape Town.