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Chairman of World Rugby Sir Bill Beaumont lifts the William Webb Ellis Trophy before passing it to the Crown Prince of Japan after the 2019 Rugby World Cup final match at Yokohama Stadium. Image: AFP Pool

England should be VERY afraid of the Springboks, and here’s why

The Springboks have had the upper hand over England at matches in the Rugby World Cup. Here are all the details.

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Chairman of World Rugby Sir Bill Beaumont lifts the William Webb Ellis Trophy before passing it to the Crown Prince of Japan after the 2019 Rugby World Cup final match at Yokohama Stadium. Image: AFP Pool

The Springboks have an enviable record against England in Rugby World Cup matches.

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SPRINGBOKS BOAST NEAR-PERFECT RECORD VS ENGLAND

Saturday’s semi-final will be the sixth RWC clash between the Boks and England. South Africa won in the 1999 quarter-final (44-21) in Paris; the pool game (36-0) and final (15-6) in 2007, both in Paris; and the final (32-12) in Yokohama in 2019. England won the pool game in Perth in 2003 (25-6). The Springboks boast an 80% win rate against their old foes at the world’s biggest tournament, and two of those four wins have come in the match that matters most of all. Fresh in the memory, of course, is that dazzling 32-12 win in Japan four years ago.

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Photo: Photosport/INPHO/Shutterstock France vs South Africa. South Africa’s Kurt-Lee Arendse makes a break 2023 Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final, Stade de France, Paris, France – 15 Oct 2023

UNCHANGED 23 FOR THE SPRINGBOKS

Jacques Nienebaber’s Springboks will be unchanged on Sunday after their dramatic 29-28 win over France. That means there’s no place in the group, notably, for Trever Nyakane and Lukhanyo Am.

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CONSISTENCY IS KEY

Amazingly, this is the first time the Springboks have named an unchanged matchday 23 for consecutive games since 2018. This speaks volumes about the consistency in the World Champions’ performances leading up to and including the World Cup. There is also a special level of mutual trust in the camp between technical staff and players.

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Siyamthanda Kolisi in Cape Town. Image: David Harrison / AFP

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