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Sporting codes to watch in 2017

Written by Albert Pule

Sport, arts and culture

An exciting sporting year lies ahead for the country’s big three sporting codes as the Proteas, Bafana Bafana and the Boks clash with their counterparts from across the world in 2017.

Photo: Gallo ImagesBafana Bafana will continue with their quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be played in Russia, while the national cricket team, the Proteas, will later this year compete in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

The Springboks would look to use the 2017 Rugby Championships to rebuild after a disastrous 2016, when the team lost eight test matches in one year.

Before the ICC Champions Trophy, the Proteas will jet off to New Zealand for a nine-match series with New Zealand.

The series will include one T20I, five One Day Internationals (ODI) and three test matches.

After the New Zealand series, the team will jet off to face old rivals England in a three-match ODI series just before the ICC Champions Trophy.

South Africa vs New Zealand

T20I

Date: 17 February 2017
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Time:  8h00

ODIs

Date: 19 February 2017
Venue: Seddon Park, New Zealand
Time:   03h00

Date: 22 February 2017
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Date: 25 February 2017
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Time: 03h00  

Date: 1 March 2017
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Time:   03h00

Date: 4 March 2017
Venue: Eden Park
Time:   03h00

Test series

Date: 8 March 2017
Venue: University
Oval, Dunedin

Date: 16 March 2017
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Date: 25 March 2017
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton   

South Africa vs England

Date: 24 May 2017
Venue: Headingly, Leeds
Time:   12h00

Date: 27 May 2017
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Time:   12h00

Date: 29 May 2017
Venue: Lord’s, London
Time:   12h00

ICC Champion's Trophy 

South Africa vs Sri Lanka
Date: 3 June 2017
Venue: Kennington Oval, London  
Time:   11h30

South Africa vs Pakistan
Date: 7 June 2017
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Time:   14h30

South Africa vs India
Date: 11 June 2017
Venue: Kennington Oval, London  
Time:   11h30

The Springboks will take on France in the Castle Lager Incoming Series to be played in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. The fixtures are as follows:

Date: 10 June 2017
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Time: 17h00

Date: 17 June 2017
Venue: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban
Time: 17h00

Date: 24 June  2017
Time: 17h00
Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Bafana Bafana will continue with their 2018 FIFA World Cup quest.

The men’s senior national team will play an away and home match against Cape Verde in September followed by a game against Burkina Faso in October and an away game to Senegal in November.