South Africa VS New Zealand Live , New Zealand vs South Africa, Rugby World Cup 2019: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it?
New Zealand vs South Africa in the Rugby World Cup. New Zealand’s attempt to win a third successive World Cup begins against a Springbok side on the rise. Other teams in pool B include Canada, Italy and Namibia.
When is it?
Saturday, September 21 (tomorrow). It will be played in Yokohama at the International Stadium Yokohama.
What time is kick-off?
Kick-off for this game is at 10.45am BST, 6.45pm in Japan.
What TV channel is it on?
This one will be broadcast on ITV, with the replays and a live stream available on the ITV Hub. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport.
What is the latest squad news?
New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen faces a selection dilemma over whether to start Beauden Barrett at fly-half or full-back for their tournament opener. Richie Mo’unga has been filling the number 10 shirt in recent matches with mixed results.
Last week, Luke Jacobson was replaced in the 31-man squad by Shannon Frizell as Jacobson was suffering from delayed concussion symptoms. Brodie Rettalick is expected to miss the match after suffering a shoulder injury during their Rugby Championship fixture against South Africa. Patrick Tuipulotu is the front runner to start alongside Sam Whitelock in the second-row.
South Africa have emerged as contenders over the course of the last year which has seen an upsurge in form under head coach Rassie Erasmus. Scrum-half Faf de Klerk is expected to be one of the stars of the tournament, as is the evasive winger Cheslin Kolbe.
Trevor Nyakane is fit enough to take his place on the bench meaning the Springboks are at full-strength for the All Blacks clash. Franco Mostert gets the nod to start at lock alongside Eben Etzebeth while Makazole Mapimpi starts on the wing alongside Kolbe.
What is their head-to-head record?
New Zealand have won 58 of the 98 matches between the two sides. The last three fixtures between the teams have resulted in one win per side and a draw, with an identical aggregate score across the three games.
What are they saying?
South Africa’s Rassie Erasmus:
“We’ve found some consistency and some momentum in a number of ways this season and one of them is in selection,” Erasmus said.
“We have 31 players in the squad, any of whom I would be happy to select … but this is a line-up that has worked well as a starting combination and one with real momentum to come from the bench.
“We’re continuing to develop and new players are always pushing a claim but we’ve prepared well and we’re looking forward to what will be another extremely close match.”
What are the betting odds?
New Zealand to win: 4/9
South Africa to win: 2/1
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What is our prediction?
A close game that could well be repeated in the World Cup Final. New Zealand to edge it.
Predicted Score: New Zealand 21 South Africa 18
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