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2023 Rugby World Cup
South Africa v Scotland
Sunday, 10 September 2023
Kick-off is at 17h45
South Africa will start their defence of the Rugby World Cup
title with a Pool B match against Scotland at the Stade Vélodrome on September 10.
The Springboks secured a 35-7 win over New Zealand in an international friendly match played at the Twickenham Stadium in London, England on August 25.
The win extended South Africa's unbeaten run to four matches across all competitions having recorded four consecutive victories after losing to New Zealand on July 15.
Meanwhile, Scotland emerged 33-6 winners over Georgia in an international friendly match at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 26.
The victory saw the Dark Blues return to winning ways as France had ended their three-match unbeaten run across all competitions on August 12.
The group is made up of South Africa, Scotland, Ireland, Tonga as well as Romania.
South Africa are the clear favourites to win Pool B with Ireland and Scotland expected to battle for the runners-up spot which earns a team a place in the knockout phase.
The team that finishes third will qualify for the 2027 Rugby World Cup which is scheduled to be hosted by Australia.
“Since Rassie (Erasmus – SA Rugby Director of Rugby) and I returned to South Africa in 2018 we’ve been building to the 2023 World Cup, and we are pleased with where we are, going into this World Cup," Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said ahead of their clash with Scotland.
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"The coaches and players have put in a helluva lot of work in the last few years, and we have the luxury of naming a squad that features a big group of players who know what it takes to win a World Cup and who will enter the tournament with vast international experience.
“The younger players have also shown in the last two seasons that they can match some of the top players in the world, so we believe we are better prepared as a team going into this tournament," he added.
“We still have two warm-up games left and a road to travel to build player combinations and fine-tune the areas of our game that we feel we need to improve on, so we are by no means the final product at this stage.”
The last meeting between South Africa and Scotland was on 13 November 2021.
Springboks claimed a 30-15 win over the Dark Blues in a 2021 Autumn International match played at the Murrayfield Stadium.
Head-to-Head (Across all competitions)
Matches - 28
South Africa - 23
Argentina - 5
Draws - 0
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