UPDATE: Windy, wet weather conditions for Springboks-All Blacks

The latest weather forecast for Paris suggests there will be tricky wet weather conditions for the Springboks’ World Cup final.

The final of Rugby World Cup 2023 will see the Springboks tackling arch-rivals New Zealand on Saturday, with South Africa coming off the back of a wet-weather game against England that certainly impacted their semi-final.

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There is no doubt that the All Blacks would prefer a dry day to ensure their attack can fire on all cylinders.

In fairness, clear conditions are something that the Springboks may hope for as well after struggling under the high ball against England.

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As it turns out, the forecast via Windguru for Saturday night suggest there will be some wet weather around in Paris on Saturday afternoon, and that rain looks set to persist for most of the game.

It’s also likely to be quite windy, which could add another factor to the goal-kicking, which is sure to be a crucial aspect of the game once again on Saturday.

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15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 RG Snyman, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Jasper Wiese, 23 Willie le Roux

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All Blacks

15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Ethan de Groot

Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Dalton Papali’i, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

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The full line-up is as follows (all SA time) as Boks prepare to face arch-rivals:

Friday, 27 October

Bronze Final – 21:00: Argentina v England – Stade de France

Saturday, 28 October

Final – 21:00: New Zealand v South Africa – Stade de France

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Springbok record against New Zealand:
Played: 105, Won: 39. Lost: 62, Drawn: 4. Points for: 1 729; Points against: 2 185; Tries scored: 168; Tries conceded: 239. Win %: 37.1%.

• Faf de Klerk and Handre Pollard will start together as halfback combination for the 25th time, moving past Joost van der Westhuizen and Henry Honiball (24 Tests) as most experienced halfbacks in Springbok history.
• Bongi Mbonambi will move into joint-fourth place on the list of most starts at hooker, passing Malcolm Marx with his 35th start. The first four on the list are John Smit (81), Bismarck du Plessis (50), James Dalton (40) and Adriaan Strauss (35).

• The Boks have played 12 Tests against four different opponents at the Stade de France, winning nine and losing three.
• If used off the bench, Trevor Nyakane will play his 49th Test as a replacement for South Africa. Only Steven Kitshoff (54) has more appearances as a substitute.
• The Springboks and the All Blacks have met on five previous occasions at a Rugby World Cup. The Boks won the first two (the final in 1995 and the third-place playoff in 1999) and New Zealand the other three (quarter-final in 2003, semi-final in 2015 and pool match in 2019).
• This is the most experienced team in Springbok history with a combined total of 987caps (eclipsing the record set the previous week against England of 895 Test caps).
• There are 348 caps in the backline, with 639 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 301 caps.
• The average caps per player in the backline is 50, the forwards 80, while the players on the bench average 38.

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