The Springboks (South Africa) and the All Blacks (New Zealand) have been battling against each other for almost a century. The first Springboks vs All Blacks game was in 1921. Every rugby test match played since then has served to strengthen the rivalry and respect between these two proud rugby-playing nations. A Springboks-All Blacks match is widely considered the benchmark of rugby greatness. Whilst the rivalry between them is characterized by gutsy competitiveness, beneath it all lies a mutual respect among every player who wears a black, or a green and gold jersey.
When did the Springboks vs All Blacks rivalry start?
The greatest contest in rugby began nearly a century ago, when the two teams first met in a test match during the Springbok’s 1921 tour to Australia and New Zealand. The All Blacks won the first test 13 – 5 in Dunedin.
Between 1921 and 2018, the teams subsequently met on another 96 occasions. While the All Blacks hold a favorable win record, with 58 victories in total, just about every clash of these rugby titans yields memorable moments.