SA vs France

11/01/1913TestSouth Africa38France5Bordeaux
16/02/1952TestSouth Africa25France3Paris
26/071958TestSouth Africa3France3Cape Town
16/08/1958TestSouth Africa5France9Johannesburg
18/02/1961TestSouth Africa0France0Paris
25/07/1964TestSouth Africa6France8Springs
15/07/1967TestSouth Africa26France3Durban
22/07/1967TestSouth Africa16France3Bloemfontein
29/07/1967TestSouth Africa14France19Johannesburg
12/08/1967TestSouth Africa6France6Cape Town
09/11/1968TestSouth Africa12France9Bordeaux
16/11/1968TestSouth Africa16France11Paris
12/06/1971TestSouth Africa22France9Bloemfontein
19/06/1971TestSouth Africa8France8Durban
23/11/1974TestSouth Africa13France4Toulouse
30/11/1974TestSouth Africa10France8Paris
21/06/1975TestSouth Africa38France25Bloemfontein
28/06/1975TestSouth Africa33France18Pretoria
08/11/1980TestSouth Africa37France15Pretoria
17/10/1992TestSouth Africa20France15Lyon
24/10/1992TestSouth Africa16France29Paris
26/06/1993TestSouth Africa20France20Durban
07/03/1993TestSouth Africa17France18Johannesburg
17/06/1995RWCSouth Africa19France15Durban
30/11/1996TestSouth Africa22France12Bordeaux
07/12/1996TestSouth Africa13France12Paris
15/11/1997TestSouth Africa36France32Lyon
22/11/1997TestSouth Africa52France10Paris
16/06/2001TestSouth Africa23France32Johannesburg
23/06/2001TestSouth Africa20France15Durban
10/11/2001TestSouth Africa10France20Paris
09/11/2002TestSouth Africa10France30Marseilles
18/06/2005TestSouth Africa30France30Durban
25/06/2005TestSouth Africa27France13Port Elizabeth
26/11/2005TestSouth Africa20France26Paris
13/11/2009TestSouth Africa13France20Toulouse
12/06/2010TestSouth Africa42France17Newlands
23/11/2013TestSouth Africa29France10Paris
10/06/2017TestSouth Africa37France14Pretoria
17/06/2017TestSouth Africa37France15Durban
24/06/2017TestSouth Africa35France12Johannesburg
18/11/2017TestSouth Africa18France17Paris
11/11/2018TestSouth Africa29France26Paris
12/11/2022TestSouth Africa26France30Marseilles
15/10/2023RWCSouth AfricaFranceParis
Total Points965692
Overall RecordMatches PlayedSA WonFrance WonMatches Drawn

Springbok record against France:

Stats and Facts:

Springbok record against France:
Played 45; Won 27; Lost 12; Drawn 6. Points for: 965, Points against: 692. Tries scored 107, Tries conceded 61. Highest score 52-10; Biggest win 42 points. Average score: 21-15. Win % 60%.


  • Eben Etzebeth will equal Tendai Mtawarira’s 117 Test caps, meaning they will share third place on the list of most-capped Springboks.
  • The 880 caps in the starting team is the second-most ever for the Springboks – the most experienced team, with 891 combined caps – ran out against Samoa at Rugby World Cup in 2015.
  • The starting pack is the most experienced ever fielded by the Springboks sharing 623 caps. All eight have made a half century of test appearances and average 78 caps per man.
  • Eight players who will feature on Sunday, played against Samoa in 2015: Willie le Roux, Damian De Allende, Handre Pollard, Duane Vermeulen and Eben Etzebeth started, with Frans Malherbe, Siya Kolisi and Jesse Kriel on the bench.
  • The two replacement props, Ox Nche and Vincent Koch, are the only players in the match-23 who have not yet scored any Test points.
  • Kurt-Lee Arendse enters the match with an impressive try-scoring record of 12 tries in his 12 Test matches.
  • Pollard, with 665 Test points in the Springbok jersey, in in third place behind Morne Steyn (742) and Percy Montgomery (893).


  • This is just the second time France and South Africa have met at the Rugby World Cup. The previous meeting was in 1995 when the Springboks edged the semifinal 19-15 in a Durban downpour.
  • France (10 times) and South Africa (eight times) are two of just three teams to have reached the quarter-finals in each edition of the Rugby World Cup that they have participated in (also New Zealand, 10).
  • The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 880.
  • There are 257 caps in the backline, with 623 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 359 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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