Four years on from their disastrous loss to Japan, South Africa will be looking to put those demons behind them.

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

Historically, the Boks are a mighty superpower but a shocking loss in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and numerous defeats since then mean they’ve lost that hard-earned aura. However they did secure a momentous victory against New Zealand in Wellington during the 2018 Rugby Championship, and should’ve won the return leg at Loftus Versfeld too, so they appear to be heading in the right direction.

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

Picking a record 19 black players in his first squad showed Erasmus’s desire to hasten South Africa’s racial transformation. Early signs during his tenure suggest a paucity of midfield talent – they are crying out for a dependable fly-half, though Handre Pollard could rediscover past form.

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 v Argentina, Pretoria, 4.05pm, Live on Sky Sports
  • Friday 6 September 2019: Japan v South Africa, Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama, 7.15pm local time, Live on Eurosport

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 Fixtures

  • Sat 21 Sep New Zealand v South Africa (Yokohama)
  • Sat 28 Sep South Africa v Namibia (Toyota)
  • Fri 4 Oct South Africa v Italy (Shizuoka)
  • Tue 8 Oct South Africa v Canada (Kobe)

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 wider training squad for the Springboks upcoming 2019 matches. The players from the Bulls and Sharks, who qualified for the Super Rugby quarter-finals will join the squad from the 1st of July.

Forwards (16):
Schalk Brits
Marcell Coetzee
Lood de Jager
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Rynardt Elstadt
Eben Etzebeth
Steven Kitshoff
Vincent Koch
Siya Kolisi
Frans Malherbe
Malcolm Marx
Bongi Mbonambi
Tendai Mtawarira
Franco Mostert
Marvin Orie
Kwagga Smith

Backs (10):
Damian de Allende
Faf de Klerk
Aphiwe Dyantyi
Elton Jantjies
Herschel Jantjies
Cheslin Kolbe
Dillyn Lleyds
Willie le Roux
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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