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I hate to tell all you rugby fanatics out there but we have only three games left in the 2023 Rugby World Cup! But fear not, this Saturday’s action promises to be another classic contest as we have the privilege of seeing a re-run of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final with England and South Africa going head to head. Friday’s action saw New Zealand brush aside the South American challenge of Argentina and the All-Blacks will be watching Saturday’s action with interest.
The Stade de France will once again be the venue for this semi-final so let’s take a close look at what action we can expect to see on Saturday at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Today’s matches and schedule – Rugby World Cup 21/10/2023
Saturday in Saint-Denis, 21/10/2023, the second semi-final at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
England vs South Africa. (20:00 GMT, Stade de France, Saint-Denis)
Revenge for England, four years on, or will South Africa stride confidently to yet another Rugby World Cup Final? England are the underdogs but let’s learn more!
England vs South Africa (20:00 GMT, Stade de France)
Let’s start with some good news for the England fans out there and give them something to cling onto. Firstly, they are the only team across the entire tournament to have an unbeaten record and they have beaten South Africa in three of the last five head to heads.
But fans of the Springboks will point to an overall 27-16 record as well as beating England twice here in France in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, including here at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis in the final!
England came into the tournament after a very poor Six Nations Series in the spring and an equally disappointing Summer Series campaign. Expectations were extremely low but in coach Steve Borthwick they have rebuilt and by hook or by crook have managed to progress without a defeat. Whether they will be able to withstand a team as strong as South Africa is another matter as up until now, England’s opponents have not been in the top tier.
South Africa were immense last Sunday and although they only beat France the hosts by one point, getting the better of France is something which very few teams have managed to do over the last 24 months! As the current Rugby World Cup holders, they have an aura and a self-belief which will be very hard to break.
The entire match which be shown on ITV so get yourself in front of a screen nice and early ahead of this game to enjoy all of the pre-match build-up. The winners will progress to next Saturday’s showpiece final with the losers having to make do with a Bronze Final, not quite the same, 24 hours earlier.
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