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England's World Cup semi-final record gives them hope against South Africa

Owen Farrell's finest hour yet as England captain was leading them to victory over New Zealand last Saturday (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England will be appearing in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals for the sixth time when they lock horns with current champions South Africa at the Stade de France on Saturday.


Here the PA news agency looks back at their previous five last-four encounters.

1991, Edinburgh: Scotland 6 England 9

Rob Andrew’s drop-goal clinched the win for England but Scotland captain Gavin Hastings earlier missed a simple penalty in front of the posts with the score tied at 6-6. It was a gruelling encounter short on thrills and Scotland have never been as close since.

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Steve Borthwick previews the World Cup semifinal showdown between England and South Africa

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Steve Borthwick previews the World Cup semifinal showdown between England and South Africa

1995, Cape Town: England 29 New Zealand 45

A harrowing afternoon for English rugby saw giant wing Jonah Lomu run riot at Newlands, scoring four tries including one in which he marauded through Tony Underwood, Will Carling, Mike Catt and Rob Andrew.


2003, Sydney: England 24 France 7

It was far from a classic because of the conditions but England eventually prevailed through the boot of Jonny Wilkinson, who landed three drop-goals and five penalties. Frederic Michalak managed just one of his five shots at goal for France.

2007, Paris: England 14 France 9


Josh Lewsey scored an early try for England but hosts France fought back through three Lionel Beauxis penalties to edge 9-8 ahead. But Wilkinson came to the rescue once again by landing a penalty and drop-goal in the last five minutes.

2019, Yokohama: England 19 New Zealand 7

England delivered possibly their greatest World Cup performance of all, routing the All Blacks with the scoreline failing to reflect their dominance. Manu Tuilagi crossed in the second minute, setting the tone, and George Ford kicked four penalties.



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Turlough 244 days ago

2003, Sydney: England 24 France 7

Thought that was actually a classic match with a seriously strong French team also contending for the final but meeting the great English match winning machine. One image I recall is Martin Johnson reaching over the ruck to life Freddie Michalak up by the hair and place him down again. England played the wet conditions perfectly with Mike Catt as second kicker. Probably their best performance that year with a flat poor performance in the final.

finn 244 days ago

Afrikaaner logic

Ninjin 244 days ago

Clutching at straws.

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