Rassie Erasmus named an unchanged match-23 for this highly-anticipated clash and said the Boks' job is "to focus on executing our plan and our skills to the best of our ability".

Head-to-head (at RWC):

Played: 4; Won 2; Lost: 2; Points for: 64; Points against: 79; Tries for: 1; Tries against: 5; Win%: 50%

Rugby World Cup history:

  • New Zealand have won 45 out of 51 matches in Rugby World Cup tournaments for a win percentage of 88% – the best at Rugby World Cups.
  • South Africa have won 30 out of 36 Test matches in Rugby World Cup tournaments since their first admission in 1995 – a winning percentage of 83% and the second best at Rugby World Cups.


  • Tendai Mtawarira and Frans Steyn are the most experienced players in the 23 with 11 RWC caps each.
  • The total test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 542.
  • There are 190 caps in the backline with 352 caps among the forwards. There are a further 377 caps on the bench.
  • The average caps per player in the backline is 27, the forwards 44 while the players on the bench average 47.
  • The average age of the starting fifteen is 27.


  • Duane Vermeulen will play in his 50th Test match while Eben Etzebeth will play in his 80th.
  • Handré Pollard needs seven points to reach 100 points in RWC tournaments and 12 points in this Test match to reach 100 points against New Zealand.
  • Pollard could surpass Percy Montgomery’s career record of 16 conversions against New Zealand. Currently he is on 15.

Match officials:

  • The referee is Jérôme Garcès of France. This will be his 53rd Test match as a referee. South Africa was involved in thirteen of those Test matches, nine times on the losing side of which five were in matches against New Zealand.
  • The assistant referees are Romain Poite of France and Karl Dickson of England, while Graham Hughes, also from England, will be the TMO.