South Africa vs England

08/12/1906TestSouth Africa3England3Crystal Palace
04/01/1913TestSouth Africa9England3Twickenham
02/01/1932TestSouth Africa7England0Twickenham
05/01/1952TestSouth Africa8England3Twickenham
07/01/1961TestSouth Africa5England0Twickenham
20/12/1969TestSouth Africa8England11Twickenham
03/06/1972TestSouth Africa9England18Johannesburg
02/06/1984TestSouth Africa33England15Port Elizabeth
09/06/1984TestSouth Africa35England9Johannesburg
14/11/1992TestSouth Africa16England33Twickenham
04/06/1994TestSouth Africa15England32Pretoria
11/06/1994TestSouth Africa27England9Cape Town
18/11/1995TestSouth Africa24England14Twickenham
29/11/1997TestSouth Africa29England11Twickenham
04/07/1998TestSouth Africa18England0Cape Town
05/12/1998TestSouth Africa7England13Twickenham
24/10/1999RWCSouth Africa44England21Stade de France
17/06/2000TestSouth Africa18England13Pretoria
24/06/2000TestSouth Africa22England27Bloemfontein
02/12/2000TestSouth Africa17England25London
 24/11/2001TestSouth Africa9England29London
 23/11/2002TestSouth Africa3England53London
18/10/2003RWCSouth Africa6England25London
20/11/2004TestSouth Africa16England32London
18/11/2006TestSouth Africa21England23London
25/11/2006TestSouth Africa25England14London
26/05/2007TestSouth Africa58England10Bloemfontein
02/06/2007TestSouth Africa55England22Pretoria
14/09/2007RWCSouth Africa36England0Paris
20/10/2007TestSouth Africa15England6Paris
22/11/2008TestSouth Africa42England6London
27/11/2010TestSouth Africa21England11London
09/06/2012TestSouth Africa22England17Durban
16/06/2012TestSouth Africa36England27Johannesburg
23/06/2012TestSouth Africa14England14Port Elizabeth
24/11/2012TestSouth Africa16England15London
15/11/2014TestSouth Africa31England28London
12/11/2016TestSouth Africa21England37London
09/06/2018TestSouth Africa42England39Pretoria
16/06/2018TestSouth Africa23England12Bloemfontein
23/06/2018TestSouth Africa10England25Cape Town
03/11/2018TestSouth Africa11England12Twickenham
02/11/2019RWCSouth Africa32England12Twickenham
20/11/2021TestSouth Africa26England27Twickenham
26/11/2022TestSouth Africa27England13Twickenham
21/10/2023RWCSouth Africa16England15Paris
Total Points972769
Overall Record
Overall RecordMatches PlayedSA WonEngland WonDrawn
Overall Record4527162
At SA Venues161141
At Away Venues2513111

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Stats and facts:

Springbok record against England:
Played: 45; Won 27; Lost 16; Drawn 2; Points for 972; Points against 769; Tries scored: 88; Tries against: 58; Highest score: 58-10; Biggest win 48 points. Win percentage 60%.


  • It will be Eben Etzebeth’s 11th Test match against England, joining Tendai Mtawarira, John Smit and Joost van der Westhuizen all in second place. Four other Springboks are on a record 12 career caps against England.
  • The loose trio of Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Duane Vermeulen will start as combination for the 15th time, putting them alone in second place on the list behind Francois Louw, Willem Alberts and Vermeulen (17).
  • Eben Etzebeth and Franco Mostert will move into third place on the list of lock combinations with their 26th start as second row partners, behind Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha (63), and Etzebeth and Lood de Jager (39).


  • Handré Pollard has scored seven conversions (second place) in his six appearances against England but holds the record with 19 penalty goals.
  • Saturday’s semi-final is 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).
  • Kurt-Lee Arendse starts the match with a full-house of tries, with 13 five-pointers in in 13 Tests to date.
  • This will be the fourth time the Springboks and England clash in a Rugby World Cup match in Paris, after the playoff in 1999 and two encounters in 2007.
  • England have scored just one try across their five meetings with South Africa in the RWC – during their 25-6 pool win in 2003.
  • South Africa (8.0) and England (8.6) have conceded fewer penalties per game than any other sides to have reached the semi-finals of this year’s Rugby World Cup, with only France and Japan (7 each) averaging fewer overall.
  • The Springbok starting team on Saturday will be the most experienced ever selected for South Africa with a combined total of 895 Test caps – four more than the 891 against Samoa in Birmingham in 2015.
  • There are 264 caps in the backline, with 631 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 367 caps.
  • The average caps per player in the backline is 37, the forwards 78, while the players on the bench average 45.
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