2019 Rugby World Cup – New Zealand vs South Africa Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs South Africa taking place? Saturday 21st September, 2019 – 10:45 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs South Africa taking place? International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs South Africa? 20c but heavy showers could have an impact on the surface

What television channel is New Zealand vs South Africa on in the UK? This match will be televised live on ITV 1

Where can I stream New Zealand vs South Africa? This match can be streamed via ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs South Africa? https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
New Zealand 16-16 South Africa

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand lost their spot as the world’s number one ranked team ahead of the Rugby World Cup but that may only serve to act as further motivation as they bid to claim a fourth crown.
  • The All Blacks are the most successful side in RWC history with three titles to their name and will be looking to retain the trophy for a second successive tournament but will need to overcome a disappointing Rugby Championship campaign.
  • With stars littered across their side, it is easy to see why New Zealand are the favourites to increase their record-breaking number of trophies at this RWC but they will be without influential lock Brodie Retallick in the early stages of the tournament due to a dislocated shoulder.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa will be confident that they have the ability to lift a third Rugby World Cup as they enter the tournament as one of the favourites following a superb year of preparation in 2019.
  • The Springboks will prove difficult to beat after showing their class by claiming the Rugby Championship with wins over Australia and Argentina which sandwiched a mightily impressive draw in New Zealand.
  • South Africa have undergone plenty of change since the last RWC and now have a team to be feared with power across the park, but in scrum-half Faf de Klerk they boast one of the best in the world.

THE PREDICTION

This is by far the game of the first round robin matches as two powerhouses of the game collide. New Zealand will square-off against South Africa in what should be a fascinating contest with the two teams unable to be separated the last time they met in the Rugby Championship back in July. The eventual winner of the tournament could well come from this game and whilst either side could win this opening clash, the All Blacks just edge favour.

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