That epic contest on 6 August 55 years ago ended with a famous victory for Robin Thompson's Lions tourists by 23-22. They went on to share the series with the Springboks 2-2.
The game against the All Blacks will be the start of Peter de Villiers' home leg of their Tri Nations defence. It is a move, agreed between SARU and the Golden Lions Rugby Union, that will create significant landmarks:
- The potential for the largest crowd for a home Springbok Test in 55 years (since an estimated 95 000 attended the SA v Lions Test at Ellis Park in 1955).
- More than 9000 of the available tickets to be sold at R350 - the lowest price for a major Springbok Test since 2005.
- 5000 tickets to be sold exclusively at Computicket outlets in Soweto for just R100 from July 26.
- Free parking incorporated into the ticket price for every four tickets bought.
"This is an historic day and one in which the whole of South Africa can celebrate," said SARU president, Oregan Hoskins.
"Taking the Springboks to what is already an iconic world venue gives our players and supporters the best stage on which to enjoy rugby. But it also allows us to continue the nation building through sport that we have enjoyed throughout the FIFA World Cup."
The game could well be the 100th cap for the Springbok captain John Smit, who is all set to lead his side into their title defence this weekend against the All Blacks in Auckland.
Springboks v Lions, 6 August 1955
South Africa 22, British Lions 23
HT: 11-8 Att: est 95,000
South Africa: J van der Schyff; T Briers, D Sinclair, T van Vollenhoven, S Swart; C Ulyate, T Gentles; C Koch, C Kroon, A du Plooy, S du Rand, J Claassen, S Fry (captain), B van Wyk, D Retief
Scorers: Tries: T Briers 2, S Swart; Cons: J van der Schyff 2; Pens: J van der Schyff 2
British & Irish Lions: A Cameron; T O'Reilly, J Butterfield, P Davies, C Pedlow; C Morgan, D Jeeps; W Williams, B Meredith, C Meredith, R Williams, R Thompson (captain), R Higgins, J Greenwood, R Robins
Scorers: Tries: T O'Reilly, C Pedlow, J Greenwood, J Butterfield, C Morgan; Cons: A Cameron 4
Referee: Ralph Burmeister (South Africa)
National Stadium Factfile
Inauguration match: Bidvest Wits vs Amazulu (May 22, 2010) Nedbank Cup Final
Cost of upgrade: R3.5bn
Record attendance: 84,617 Ghana vs Germany (June 23, 2010)