South Africa

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup campaign starts Saturday 19th September – keep up to date with all the latest news and fixtures, and check our Rugby World Cup 2015 page for more information.

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup Record: P29 W25 D0 L4

1995 Champions
1999 Third
2003 Quarter-finals
2007 Champions
2011 Quarter-finals

How they qualified: Automatically as one of the top 12 sides at RWC 2011.

Vital statistic: 8 – Bryan Habana shares the record with Jonah Lomu of scoring the most tries at a tournament, in 2007

If they were a celebrity… Arnold Schwarzenegger – Old-stagers who have clocked some huge wins in the past but are showing signs of ring-rustiness

Odds: 5-1

Bryan Habana

World Cup 2015: South Africa 64-0 USA

South Africa comfortably gained the bonus point they needed to top Pool B, after just 46 minutes. Two tries in the first half, the first by Damien de Allende and…

Rich form: JP Pietersen was again on hand to score for the Springboks

World Cup 2015: South Africa 34-16 Scotland

In the first half hour it looked like South Africa would run away with this fixture, but Scotland kept in the fight to deny their muscular rivals a bonus point. The…

Damien de Allende

South Africa land on best team by chance

Injuries are occurring at a far greater rate than the last World Cup but in the case of South Africa, they might have a silver lining. It was of course…

A good day's work: JP Pietersen had a superb day, scoring three tries

World Cup 2015: South Africa 46-6 Samoa

This was a game of breathtaking physicality, but South Africa merely rode it out and played smart rugby win this contest, cranking up the pressure in the second half. There…

Stunning score: Jubilant Japan celebrate Karne Hesketh's winning try against South Africa

Analysis: Ten minutes that sealed a magical Japan win

If the endgame of these global tournaments is to catapult the sport into the wider consciousness and inspire fresh fans, Rugby World Cup 2015 may have already reached a zenith. A 34-32 victory for…