2021 Rugby Championship – South Africa vs Australia Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Australia taking place? South Africa vs Australia will take place on Sunday 12th September, 2021 at 11:05 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Australia taking place? South Africa vs Australia will take place at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast

Where can I get tickets for South Africa vs Australia? Ticket information for South Africa vs Australia can be found on each country’s official rugby union website

What TV channel is South Africa vs Australia on in the UK? Sky Sports will be showing South Africa vs Australia live

Where can I stream South Africa vs Australia in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream South Africa vs Australia live on Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Ox Nché, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse

Australia: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Angus Bell

Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Leota, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Nic White, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Jordan Petaia

THE PREDICTION

Australian rugby union is not in a happy place right now after three-straight defeats to fierce rivals New Zealand, one of which came outside the Rugby Championship as part of the three-test Bledisloe Cup which is once again safely in the All Blacks’ hands. South Africa got their first Rugby Championship campaign in two years underway with a comfortable double over Argentina in August and they will be confident of doing the same to their hosts here. The Springboks have won the last two meetings between the sides and this version of Australia is unlikely to cause a major upset to that streak. South Africa have been pretty conservative in recent matches but they should be able to cover -7 in victory here.

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