Four years on from their shock loss to Japan, South Africa are looking for a third world title

South Africa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Historically, the Boks are a superpower but they suffered a shock loss to Japan at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They have rediscovered their form this year and overcame Japan to reach the semi-finals.

How They Qualified

South Africa were one of of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.

Key Players

Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s first-ever black captain, and hooker Malcolm Marx are world-class forwards, while Wasps’ Willie le Roux is a sublime playmaker. Faf de Klerk injects energy at nine and is considered by many to be the best in the world.

Quality: Kolisi (C), Marx (L), and De Klerk (far right) are key to the Springboks success (Getty Images)

The Coach – Rassie Erasmus

Erasmus has the gig for the next two World Cups after being spirited away from Munster. The ex-Boks flanker took over from Allister Coetzee, who paid the price for a 44% win record.

Improving: Rassie Erasmus is making progress with the Springboks (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

Early signs during his tenure suggested a paucity of midfield talent, but they have improved in 2019. Handre Pollard looks good at fly-half but his back-up, Elton Jantjies, has been found wanting in pressure matches.

South Africa Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Saturday 20 July 2019: South Africa 35-17 Australia
  • Saturday 27 July 2019: New Zealand 16-16 South Africa
  • Saturday 10 August 2019: Argentina 13-46 South Africa
  • Saturday 17 August 2019: South Africa 24-18 Argentina
  • Friday 6 September 2019: Japan 7-41 South Africa

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

South Africa Rugby World Cup Group

South Africa are in Group B alongside New Zealand, Italy, Namibia and Canada.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups

South Africa Rugby World Cup Kit

South Africa Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Pivotal: South Africa play the All Blacks and the winner will likely decide the group winner in 2019 (Getty Images)

South Africa Rugby World Cup Squad

Rassie Erasmus has named his World Cup squad below;

Forwards (17):
Schalk Brits
Lood de Jager
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Eben Etzebeth
Steven Kitshoff
Vincent Koch
Siya Kolisi
Francois Louw
Frans Malherbe
Malcolm Marx
Bongi Mbonambi
Franco Mostert
Tendai Mtawarira
Trevor Nyakane (replaced by Thomas du Toit on Monday 23 September after suffering a torn calf)
Kwagga Smith
RG Snyman
Duane Vermeuelen

Backs (14):
Lukhanyo Am
Damian de Allende
Faf de Klerk
Warrick Gelant
Elton Jantjies
Herschel Jantjies
Cheslin Kolbe
Jesse Kriel (replaced by Damian Willemse after picking up a hamstring injury)
Willie le Roux
Makazole Mapimpi
Sbu Nkosi
Handre Pollard
Cobus Reinach
Frans Steyn

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup Record: P36 W30 D0 L6

  • 1995 Champions
  • 1999 Third
  • 2003 Quarter-finals
  • 2007 Champions
  • 2011 Quarter-finals
  • 2015 Third

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