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Here we are. It’s been 47 matches, 49 days, and just two teams remain. The Rugby World Cup is drawing to a close, but one match remains to be played and it’s the most important of them all. With the Rugby World Cup final coming up today, we outline all you need to know about today’s Rugby World Cup schedule, breaking down every detail about today’s match.
Today’s matches and schedule – Rugby World Cup 28/10/2023
Here’s look at the matches occurring at the Rugby World Cup today, with just the final match of the tournament taking place in France on Saturday 28/10/2023:
|New Zealand vs South Africa||20:00||Stade de France, Saint Denis, Paris|
Rounding out the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand will meet South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday night in Paris. It’s a repeat of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, and the stage couldn’t have been set more beautifully for this final clash. Here’s how we say the match will unfold:
New Zealand vs South Africa – Rugby World Cup final (20:00 GMT, Stade de France, Saint Denis, Paris)
French fans will be disappointed their team isn’t in the final, and we’ve already seen the green wave of Irish fans exit France following their quarter-final dismissal. However, there’s no denying that a New Zealand vs South Africa final is the ultimate rugby match.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 27, 2023
Of the nine Rugby World Cups that have been played in history, these two sides have won six, including each of the last four. Sitting No 1 and No 2 in the world right now, with South Africa the defending champions and the All Blacks holding the best ever win percentage for a rugby team, this is well and truly a clash of the titans.
The last four times these two sides have met, we’ve seen one-sided results. The thing is, each team have won two of these–most recently, South Africa thrashed New Zealand 35-7 in Twickenham, before which the result was reversed with the Kiwis dishing out a 35-20 hiding at Mt Smart Stadium.
This time, it’s going to be tight. The Springboks have had a tough campaign, playing four of the world’s top five teams already in Scotland, Ireland, France and England. Throw in a physical match against Tonga, and it will be a challenge for South Africa to get up for this match. New Zealand, on the other hand, are peaking nicely, looking unstoppable after dropping their opening fixture to France.
Back the All Blacks to hoist the Webb Ellis Cup for the fourth time on Saturday, capping off a triumphant revenge story for ousted coach Ian Foster.
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