England A are set to return on Sunday for the first time in eight years when they take on Portugal at Welford Road.
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Who Will Win?
However, there is the chance of an upset here. After all, England are now the tournament’s only unbeaten side. Plus, although Steve Borthwick’s men were unfancied prior to their first game, they’ve started to play some good rugby and they managed to dominate a powerful Fiji side at the breakdown in their quarter-final. As a result, a South Africa win is far from a foregone conclusion.
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Crucially though, South Africa claimed victory in the most important of these matches: the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
By contrast, South Africa have lost one game, a narrow 13-8 defeat against Ireland. However, they have beaten both Scotland and France since the tournament started. They also scored 76 points against Romania and 49 points against Tonga.
Below our team form guide, you can see in-depth stats about how the two sides have performed in their last five games, including stats about the number of tries they’ve scored, their overall points difference and the number of times they’ve scored the first try.
With this in mind, here’s how Owen Farrell and Handre Pollard have performed in recent England vs South Africa games. Could either of these star players earn their country a place in the Rugby World Cup final?
England vs South Africa 2023: Detailed Match Preview
Both teams won scintillating quarter-final matches, and both will feel as though they’re playing something close to their best rugby entering this clash.
On form, many would predict that South Africa’s power and flair will be too much for England. However, although Steve Borthwick’s men have appeared limited at times, they’re also the only unbeaten team in the tournament and they put together some stunning moves against Fiji. As a result, they may believe that they’re peaking at the right time.
Meanwhile, although South Africa lost against Ireland in the pool stage, they have looked like a dominant force throughout this World Cup and their strength, power and guile were fully on display against France. A repeat performance of this calibre will likely see them advance once more.
We can’t wait to see how this game goes. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments.
When was the first England vs South Africa game?
The first England vs South Africa game took place way back in 1906, when the two sides faced each other at Crystal Palace in London. This game ended in a 3-3 draw.
Have England ever played against South Africa at the Rugby World Cup?
Yes. England have faced South Africa at the Rugby World Cup five times before, including in two Rugby World Cup finals. South Africa have won ⅘ of these games, including the 2007 and the 2019 Rugby World Cup finals.
Have England ever beaten South Africa?
Yes. England and South Africa have faced off against each other in 45 test matches since 1906. England have won 16 of these, while South Africa have won 27. A further two have ended in a draw.
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