On Saturday, September 16, New Zealand and South Africa will clash on a rugby field - the 94th encounter between the nations who above all have dominated world rugby for more than a century.
When he announced his team to play the All Blacks, Allister Coetzee, the Springbok coach, said of the All Blacks: "There is no greater contest than to play them in New Zealand."
Ryan Crotty, the current All Black centre, said of the coming match: "It doesn't get any bigger than a Test against South Africa at home, and it's a challenge I'm sure will excite the lads."
wo camps, both believing that this is always a special match.
Presumably this is so even though the number of matches has increased and multiplied.
But the choice a venue seems to suggest that New Zealand is not taking the match all that seriously - a ground with a capacity of 25 000, the same as Pam Brink Stadium in Springs.
They first played in 1921 and from then till 1981, they played 37 times.
Since 1981 and excluding the New Zealand Cavaliers tour of 1986, South Africa and New Zealand have played each other 56 times - 37 times in 60 years and 56 times in 25 years.
And there is not quite the same excitement as of yore.
That has been surpassed by British and Irish Lions' tours which have the virtue of being rarer.
There used to be intangible rugby trophies - the Grand Slam, the Triple Crown and the World Crown.
For years South Africa wore the world crown, even though on occasion it slipped a bit.
Then in 1992 New Zealand drew level and in 1997 overtook the Springboks. That mythical world crown has rather fallen away with the World Cup, of which the All Blacks are the titleholders, and World Rugby's ranking where the All Blacks are ranked No.1, the Springboks No.3.
But to this match.
The All Blacks are favourites, and yet ... If Ireland can and the B&I Lions can, surely the Springboks can.
But to do so they will have to play for 80 minutes without slip-ups, using every opportunity and denying the All Blacks attacking chances. A tall order.
The Springboks could win the line-outs - after all they destroyed the Wallabies' 100 percent record last week - and they could win the scrums.
They are, it is true, without Coenie Oosthuizen, whose improved scrummaging is one of the wonders of the season, but then the All Blacks are without Joe Moody who destroyed the Puma scrum.
It's all very well to win the ball, but what you do with it will decide if you can win the match.
If the Springboks kick without purpose to the All Black back three, the All Blacks will not have to win a single scrum or line-out.
The Springboks have to keep the ball away from the All Blacks - get it and keep it.
They will have to defend with great energy and thoughtfulness.
There is no doubt that the All Blacks' back three - elusive Damian McKenzie, strong speedster Rieko Ioane and quick Nehe Milner-Skudder with the tricky feet - are better on attack and defence than the way Andries Coetzee, Raymond Rhule and Courtnall Skosan have been in the Rugby Championship so far.
In fact when you look at the All Blacks from No.9 to No.15 you realise just how vital it is for the Springboks, lesser lights for most of the way, to keep the ball away from them.
Easier said than done, for the All Blacks spread with advancing purpose and often have Kieran Read or Dane Coles as a surprise extra wing out on the touchline.
But the B&I Lions certainly did find a way to keep the All Blacks in check.
If the Springbok backs are to make inroads - and Jan Serfontein certainly can - they are going to have to keep possession well and make the best use of space.
What they will not want is a slow delivery from behind the forwards that cannibalises their space.
The All Blacks will want quick ball, quickly and securely handled, runners whose shoulders are parallel to the goal-line and always support.
They are likely to get all of those as they are the habit of the team. The man to make that happen is above all Ryan Crotty.
The contest after the tackle could be a vital one. Sam Cane is likely to lead the attack on the ball and this time he will not have the competition that Agustín Creevy provided unless the Springboks have a plan to blow Cane away.
2016: News Zealand won 57-15, Durban
2016: News Zealand won 41-13, Christchurch
2015: News Zealand won 27-20, Johannesburg
2015: News Zealand won 20-18, London (World Cup semifinal)
2014: South Africa won 27-25, Johannesburg
2014: News Zealand won 14-10, Wellington
2013: News Zealand won 38-27, Johannesburg
2013: News Zealand won 29-15, Auckland
2012: News Zealand won 32-16, Johannesburg
2012: News Zealand won 21-11, Dunedin
2011: South Africa won 18-5, Port Elizabeth
2011: News Zealand won 40-7, Wellington
New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Square, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.
South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende.