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Changes to Springbok 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup kick-off times announced
May 03, 2014
The Springboks will play all four of their 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup pool fixtures in England at 16h45 following an announcement by Rugby World Cup Limited and England Rugby 2015 Limited on Friday that amendments had been made to the match times.

These changes, which were agreed to by international broadcasters, will see all the initial 17h00 matches move forward by 15 minutes to 16h45. The quarterfinals, semifinals and Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham switch from 17h00 to 16h00. Changes to the match order of three fixtures were also made.

The times of the two quarterfinals at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff were also altered.

The most significant change to the Springbok match schedule was an adjustment to their opening fixture on September 19, 2015, against the top Asian qualifier at the Brighton Community Stadium. It moves from a 20h00 kick off to 16h45.

This allowed for a universal match time across all the team’s round-robin matches.

The purpose of the earlier kick-off times was to allow for a stronger global broadcast platform for Rugby’s showcase event, while simultaneously easing things for fans attending the matches.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer welcomed the changes to the match schedule and said it would assist the team in their preparations for the international spectacle.

“These changes will suit us well because all our pool matches will be at the same time, while the final stages will be only 45 minutes earlier, so this will simplify our preparation,” said Meyer. “On the initial match schedule our opening match was at 20h00, which would have required us to make adjustments to our training times following that match. But the new match schedule eliminates that challenge.”

The Springboks will take on Samoa on September 26 at Villa Park in Birmingham, Scotland on October 3 at St James’ Park in Newcastle and the USA on October 7 at the Olympic Stadium in London in their other three pool fixtures.

The Springboks’ RWC 2015 Pool B schedule:

Pool rounds:

Saturday, 19 Sept, 16h45: v Asia 1 - Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
Saturday, 26 Sept, 16h45: v Samoa - Villa Park, Birmingham
Saturday, 3 Oct, 16h45: v Scotland - St James’ Park, Newcastle
Wednesday, 7 Oct, 16h45: v USA - Olympic Stadium, London

Quarter Finals:

QF1: Saturday, 17 October, 16h00 – W Pool B vs RU Pool A – Twickenham, London>br> QF2: Saturday, 17 October, 20h00 – W Pool C vs RU Pool D – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
QF3: Sunday, 18 October, 13h00 – W Pool D vs RU Pool C – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
QF4: Sunday, 18 October, 16h00 – W Pool A vs RU Pool B – Twickenham, London

Semifinals:

Saturday, 24 October, 16h00 - W QF1 vs W QF2 – Twickenham, London
Sunday, 25 October, 16h00 – W QF3 vs W QF4 – Twickenham, London

Bronze final:

Friday, 30 October, 20h00 – Olympic Stadium, London

Final:

Saturday, 31 October, 16h00 – Twickenham, London

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