Ireland’s masterplan to conquer Springboks

Irish rugby teams Leinster and Munster prepare for Springboks challenge in South Africa through crucial URC matches.

The Irish national rugby team is eagerly anticipating their upcoming Test series against the formidable Springboks in July. In a fortuitous turn of events, two of Ireland’s premier rugby clubs, Leinster and Munster, are currently in South Africa participating in the United Rugby Championship (URC).

This timely visit provides a golden opportunity for key Irish internationals to acclimatise to the unique demands of playing in the Rainbow Nation.


The defending URC champions, Munster, have a difficult challenge ahead of them when they meet the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

They will go to Johannesburg the following week to play the Lions, who play at an even greater altitude of 1,750 meters.

The Irish internationals in the Munster team will surely profit from this demanding two-week stay in the highveld, as they attempt to acclimate to the conditions they will encounter in the forthcoming Test series.


Meanwhile, Leinster’s schedule, who have dominated the URC for a long time, is very similar to Ireland’s July timetable.

They play the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg to start their South African tour, and then they go to Cape Town to play the Stormers.

This change in altitude to sea level is reminiscent of the Test series, in which Pretoria hosts the first game and Durban hosts the second.


The opening Test in Pretoria holds immense significance for both teams. If Ireland can secure a victory at Loftus, they will gain a psychological advantage over the Springboks.

The pressure will then be on the hosts to salvage a series draw in Durban, while the Irish will be eyeing a historic 2-0 triumph on South African soil.


In recent years, Ireland has proven to be a thorn in the side of the Springboks, emerging victorious in their last three encounters dating back to 2017.

This is a remarkable feat, considering South Africa’s impressive record against other top nations, including New Zealand.


Leinster and Munster’s URC fixtures over the next two weekends will be vital practice for the Irish teams.

The competitive nature of both teams and the Lions’ pursuit of a top-eight berth suggests that the intensity of these games will be very similar to that of the next Tests.

Even though Leinster played with a rather subpar team against the Lions, they still had a number of Irish internationals in their starting lineup. In preparation for their match against the Stormers, they can also choose to add more Test players to their roster.


Munster, recognising the importance of their match against the Bulls, have named a strong starting lineup featuring four players who recently started for Ireland in the Six Nations.

The presence of experienced campaigners like Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne, alongside rising stars like Jack Crowley, will provide valuable game time in South African conditions.

As the Irish teams continue their URC campaign in South Africa, they will undoubtedly be gathering valuable insights and experience ahead of the highly anticipated Test series against the Springboks.


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