Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa

World ranking: Fourth

Qualification: 2015 semi-finalists

Best result: Champions 1995, 2007

TAB odds: $6.50

Chances: The Springboks sprang a major surprise with their Rugby Championship win over the All Blacks in Wellington last year and went close to repeating that result at home soon after.

At their best, they are a big threat. They certainly have the talent, but struggle for consistency and look decidedly lacklustre whenever they venture north of the Equator.

Leading players:


Pool draw (NZT)
September 21
New Zealand v South Africa, Yokohama City, 9:45pm (live updates)

September 28
South Africa v Namibia, Toyota City, 9:45pm

October 4
South Africa v Italy, Shizukoa Prefecture, 10:45pm (live updates)

October 8
South Africa v Canada, Kobe City, 11:15pm