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Last updated: 19 Oct 2023
Ben Darvill 19 Oct 2023
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Owen Farrell of England (Getty Images)
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England vs South Africa Tips


Four years on from their humbling World Cup final loss to South Africa, England have the chance to snare revenge as they take on the world champions on Sunday. 
  • England vs South Africa Tips
  • England World Cup Results
  • England Form 
  • South Africa World Cup Results
  • South Africa Form 

South Africa are looking for another big performance as they look to continue the defence of their World Cup crown. 

England World Cup Results


  • England 27 Argentina 10 
  • England 34 Japan 12
  • England 71 Chile 0 
  • England 18 Samoa 17
  • England 30 Fiji 24

England Form 


Despite being written off before arriving for the Rugby World Cup, England have managed to make it to yet another semi-final, and they are the only side left that are still unbeaten. 

Of course, unbeaten runs mean nothing in a semi-final against arguably the best team on the planet, but it will give England confidence as they prepare for their biggest game in four years. 

Steve Borthwick's side will be all too aware of how well the Springboks played against France, and it will take a team effort to try to live with the threat South Africa have in their starting XV and on the bench. However, England have all of the tools and players to hurt South Africa, but can they bring it all together?

It will be interesting to see whether they look to employ Marcus Smith at full-back again, with South Africa likely to kick more than Fiji did. However, getting rid of their most creative player may prove to be a huge mistake, especially if England are in need of points if South Africa hit the ground running. 

South Africa World Cup Results


  • South Africa 18 Scotland 3
  • South Africa 76 Romania 0
  • Ireland 13 South Africa 8
  • South Africa 49 Tonga 18 
  • South Africa 29 France 28

South Africa Form 


South Africa secured victory in one of the most competitive and entertaining quarter-finals in the history of the Rugby World Cup. 

The two sides went blow for blow, with the South Africans eventually coming out on top in a game that showcased everything we have come to expect from the pair. Now, South Africa know they face an English side desperate for revenge, but the world champions know they are just two wins away from another World Cup trophy. 

While South Africa are arguably the best side in the world right now, anything can happen in a World Cup semi-final. The game could come down to the finest of margins, with one moment of magic or a mistake costing either side their chance at eternal glory. 

Verdict

I am backing South Africa to make it an all southern-hemisphere final as they down their spirited opponents. England will go hard at South Africa, but I believe they cohesion in this South African side will see them over the line as Cheslin Kolbe scores yet again. 

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