Springboks v Ireland Loftus

The Springboks against Ireland at the 2023 World Cup. Image: @Springboks / Twitter / X

When do the Springboks play again? Kick off time confirmed!

The Springboks will next face a must-win match against Tonga as they look to secure qualification for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

Springboks v Ireland Loftus

The Springboks against Ireland at the 2023 World Cup. Image: @Springboks / Twitter / X

With the Springboks having won their opening matches against Scotland and Romania, this past Saturday’s loss to Ireland ultimately may not cost them a place in the knockout stage, but it does mean they have to register a win against Tonga this Sunday to advance to the quarter-final.

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If South Africa finish as Pool B runners-up, they are then expected to face World Cup hosts France.

This Sunday’s match between the Springboks and Tonga will kick off at 9pm.

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Springboks looking to repeat the feat of 2019

South Africa lost their opening pool match to New Zealand in 2019 before going on to lift the Webb Ellis trophy and coach Jacques Nienaber has reiterated the Boks can do it again.

In 2019 did you think we could win?” he said at the post-match press conference at the Stade de France, when the question was posed to him.

“We are in this competition to win, everyone is here to win. We played against the number one team in the world and we lost by five points.

“We had a chance in 79th minute to win but we didn’t take it. The bottom line is Ireland were better but the margin is very small.

“We must work at things that didn’t work and if we can fix them and have a bit of luck we can win the World Cup.”

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REMAINING POOL B FIXTURES

Sun 24 Sept – Scotland v Tonga (5.45pm, Stade de Nice, Nice)

Sat 30 Sept – Scotland v Romania (9pm, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)

Sun 1 Oct – South Africa v Tonga (9pm, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)

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Sat 7 Oct – Ireland v Scotland (9pm, Stade de France, Paris)

Sun 8 Oct – Tonga v Romania (5.45pm, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)

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