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

By Jonathan Davies

Published: 16:56, 13 October 2023

France look to keep their Rugby World Cup title hopes alive when they face South Africa in a mouth-watering quarter-final on Sunday (8pm BST).

Stade de France is the venue for a match worthy of a final with the host nation taking on the reigning champions.

France vs South Africa Betting Tips

We can expect a closely fought contest here and it really could go either way.

But with the raucous Saint-Denis crowd behind them and on a four-match winning streak, France may well just edge out South Africa.

Les Bleus’ charge will be led by the in-form Damian Penaud and Louis Bielle-Biarrey from the wings.

The leading try-scorer at the World Cup with six, Penaud is three short of setting a new tournament record and is aiming to cross the line for an eighth successive game.

Meanwhile, Bielle-Biarrey heads into his first Test at Stade de France with four tries from three appearances at this tournament.

France vs South Africa team news

Fabien Galthie welcomes skipper Antoine Dupont back from injury at scrum-half in the only change from last week’s thumping win over Italy.

France XV: Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Louis Bielle-Biarrey, Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Thibaud Flament, Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.

Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Reda Wardi, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Francois Cros, Sekou Macalou, Maxime Lucu, Yoram Moefana.

Jacques Nienaber almost reverts to the South Africa XV that started their defeat against Ireland. The only exceptions see Cobus Reinach and Duane Vermeulen preferred to Faf de Klerk and Jasper Wiese.

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.