Springboks to face Scotland in blockbuster Murrayfield clash in November

Springboks to face Scotland in blockbuster Murrayfield clash in November

Scotland have confirmed their autumn international schedule, which includes a blockbuster clash against the world champion Springboks in November.

Gregor Townsend's men open their autumn internationals against Fiji at Murrayfield on Saturday, November 2 before taking on the Springboks, winners of the last two World Cup tournaments, in Edinburgh eight days later on Sunday, November 10.

Portugal provide the opposition on Saturday, November 16 with Australia bringing down the curtain on a testing campaign for the Scots the following Sunday.

Head coach Townsend told Scottish Rugby's official website: "It's a really exciting prospect to have four home games in succession during November and the varied opposition will test us in different ways.

"Having South Africa as one of our opponents will make for a special occasion. Taking on the reigning world champions is the ultimate test for any team in rugby right now and that will be a game everyone will be looking forward to when the time comes around.

"Fiji and Portugal both play a fast and open brand of rugby and performed very well in the Rugby World Cup in France. This will be a challenge for our defence, but should make for two great games of rugby.

"Our final game against Australia will round off the month nicely, against a team we have fought out some entertaining and close encounters with over the last few years.

"This year's Six Nations once again demonstrated how inspiring match days are at home for our players and we can't wait to play in front of our supporters once again, four weeks in a row."

Scotland finished fourth in the Six Nations championship, but secured a 30-21 Calcutta Cup victory over England on home turf and a nail-biting 27-26 win in Wales in the process.

The Springboks remaining opponents for their end-of-year tour have yet to be confirmed.

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