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England vs South Africa Predictions: Rugby World Cup betting tips, news, lineups

By Jonathan Davies

Published: 14:24, 19 October 2023

South Africa look to advance to their second straight Rugby World Cup final when they face England at Stade de France on Saturday (8pm BST).

A mouth-watering repeat of the 2019 final pits the reigning champions and the side that lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy 20 years ago.

The Springboks have won four of the five previous meetings between the nations at the World Cup, including the 2007 showpiece.

England vs South Africa Betting Tips

  • Kurt-Lee Arendse to score first try @ 8/1 with BoyleSports

Kurt-Lee Arendse has been one of South Africa’s key men since making his debut in June 2022.

Indeed, the winger has scored 13 tries in as many Tests, including one during the quarter-final victory over France.

With his side the favourites to prevail, you would expect him to continue that rich vein of form here.

England vs South Africa team news

Steve Borthwick makes three changes from the win over Fiji. Freddie Steward takes Marcus Smith’s place at full-back, while Joe Marler and George Martin also come into the starting XV.

England XV: Freddie Steward, Jonny May, Joe Marchant, Manu Tuilagi, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Alex Mitchell; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, George Martin, Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Ben Earl.

Replacements: Theo Dan, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Ollie Chessum, Billy Vunipola, Danny Care, George Ford, Ollie Lawrence.

Jacques Nienaber names an unchanged 23 from South Africa’s win over France, with Siya Kolisi captaining the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup for a record-equalling 11th time.

South Africa XV: Damian Willemse, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe, Manie Libbok, Cobus Reinach; Steven Kitshoff, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Kwagga Smith, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Willie Le Roux.