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England vs South Africa LIVE: Borthwick men face biggest test in 2019 World Cup final replay – start time, team news and how to follow


England will attempt to reach their second successive Rugby World Cup final when they take on reigning champions South Africa this weekend.

England suffered heartbreak in Yokohama four years ago when they were outplayed 32-12 as the Springboks won their third title.


Genge aims for World Cup glory with England but South Africa stands in his wayCredit: Getty

Steve Borthwick’s side were not among the favorites to repeat the feat this year after five defeats in six matches before the World Cup.

But the Red and Whites have since turned around their sad state with five successive victories in France to reach the last four.

England produced their best performance yet to defeat Fiji and win their quarter-final 30-24.

England, who are the final home nation in the tournament after defeating Ireland and Wales on Saturday, will now face their toughest test in the form of South Africa, who eliminated France, host.

In case of victory, Argentina or New Zealand will await them in the final.

England vs South Africa: date and how to follow

This Rugby World Cup semi-final will take place on Saturday October 21.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8pm UK time at Stade de France, France’s national stadium and venue for the final.

The match will be broadcast free-to-air on ITV1 or ITVX, with coverage starting at 7.15pm.

talkSPORT will have updates from Paris throughout and talkSPORT.com will also have the best of the reactions.

To connect to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for live streaming.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Owen Farrell scored 20 points as England beat Fiji


Owen Farrell scored 20 points as England beat FijiCredit: Getty

England vs South Africa: squad and team news

Jack Willis has been ruled out of the tournament after suffering a nerve injury to his neck in the win over Chile.

Sam Underhill, who has only played 120 minutes of rugby since March due to injury, has since been brought in to bolster the flanker options.

England team

Attackers: Ollie Chessum (Leicester), Dan Cole (Leicester), Tom Curry (Sale), Theo Dan (Saracens), Ben Earl (Saracens), Ellis Genge (Bristol), Jamie George (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), George Martin (Leicester), David Ribbans (Toulon), Bevan Rodd (Sale), Kyle Sinckler (Bristol), Will Stuart (Bath), Billy Vunipola ( Saracens), Jack Walker (Harlequins), Sam Underhill (Bath).

Backs: Henry Arundell (Racing 92), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Sale), Ollie Lawrence (Bath), Max Malins (Bristol), Joe Marchant (Stade Français ), Jonny May (Gloucester), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Freddie Steward (Leicester), Manu Tuilagi (Sales), Ben Youngs (Leicester).

South Africa team

Attackers: Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Frans Malherbe, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm Marx, Eben Etzebeth, Jean Kleyn, Marvin Orie, Franco Mostert, Dean Fourie, RG Snyman, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (captain ), Kwagga Smith, Marco van Staden, Duane Vermeulen, Jasper Wiese.

Back: Faf de Klerk, Jaden Hendrikse, Cobus Reinach, Grant Williams, Manie Libbok, Damian Willemse, Damian de Allende, Andre Esterhuizen, Jesse Kriel, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Cheslin Kolbe, Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Canan Moodie.

South Africa has won the World Cup three times – 1995, 2007 and 2019.


South Africa has won the World Cup three times – 1995, 2007 and 2019.Credit: getty images – getty

England vs South Africa: routes to the final


Pool D

  • Saturday September 9 – England 27 Argentina 10
  • Sunday September 17 – England 34 Japan 12
  • Saturday September 23 – England 71 Chile 0
  • Saturday October 7 – England 18 Samoa 17


  • Saturday October 15 – England 30 Fiji 24

South Africa

Pool B

  • Sunday September 10 – South Africa 18 Scotland 3
  • Sunday September 17 – South Africa 76 Romania 0
  • Saturday September 23 – South Africa 8 Ireland 13
  • Sunday October 1 – South Africa 49 Tonga 18


  • Saturday October 15 – France 28 South Africa 29
The defending champions have so far beaten France 29-28 in the World Cup match.


The defending champions have so far beaten France 29-28 in the World Cup match.Credit: Getty

England vs South Africa: what was said?

Borthwick, speaking after beating Fiji, said: “A lot of people wrote that we wouldn’t make it out of the group.

“Maybe some of them are here tonight. The team performed well to take the lead and played well to find a way to win tonight.

“I don’t care what others think of us. I care about the development of the team.”

As for whether England can reach another final, Bristol prop Ellis Genge added: “There is a lot of work to do.

“We’ll go back to the hotel, talk a few times and figure out what we need to improve. But winning brings you together.”

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