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Springboks confirm Grand Slam tour

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James Mortimer     31 Jan 2010     Getty Images

The All Blacks are still to finalise their autumn international itinerary, but could well play for a Grand Slam in 2010 as well.

Current World and Tri Nations Champions South Africa will play Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England (in that order) in their end of year tour, their ninth Grand Slam attempt.

The Springboks have won four Slams, in 1912/13, 1931/32, 1951/52 and 1960/61. They are currently sitting on the longest modern wait without achieving a Grand Slam, with the All Blacks recording one in 2008 and the Wallabies in 1984.

The South Africans last attempted one in 2004.

The first match of their 2010 Grand Slam tour will be against Ireland in Dublin on the 6th November, at the new Aviva Stadium (the redeveloped Lansdowne Road).

Then on the following Saturdays they will play the Welsh, Scottish and English.

The Springboks are then looking at ending the tour with a clash against the Barbarians.

The South Africans first match of the year will be against France on the 12th June, but the venue for the clash is still to be decided. At the time the FIFA World Cup will be in the country, so availability of stadia will depend on Football's governing body.