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.
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.
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.
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
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups
South Africa Rugby World Cup Kit
South Africa Rugby World Cup Fixtures
- Sat 21 Sep New Zealand 23-13 South Africa (Yokohama) Match report
- Sat 28 Sep South Africa 57-3 Namibia (Toyota) Match Report
- Fri 4 Oct South Africa 49-3 Italy (Shizuoka) Match Report
- Tue 8 Oct South Africa 66-7 Canada (Kobe) Match Report
Sun 20 Oct QF4 Japan 3-26 South Africa (Tokyo) Match Report
- Sun 27 Oct SF2 Wales v South Africa (Yokohama) 9am
Winners of the past two World Cups, the…
South Africa Rugby World Cup Squad
Rassie Erasmus has named his World Cup squad below;
Lood de Jager
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Trevor Nyakane (replaced by Thomas du Toit on Monday 23 September after suffering a torn calf)
Damian de Allende
Faf de Klerk
Jesse Kriel (replaced by Damian Willemse after picking up a hamstring injury)
Willie le Roux
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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