Ireland v South Africa World Cup preview

Ireland v South Africa World Cup preview

This weekend will see the mouthwatering clash of Ireland and South Africa in the Rugby World Cup take place in Paris.

The Pool B encounter will see  a number of narratives play-out on the day, and the winner of the game will most likely face the winners of Pool A in the next round.

Both sides are two from two in this year's World Cup, and will be looking to make it three from three

Here's a full preview of the game to come in Paris

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Stuart McCloskey of Ireland is tackled by Pieter-Steph du Toit of South Africa during the Autumn International match between Ireland and South Africa at Aviva Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Dublin, Dublin. (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

When is it on?

What time is it on?

8:00pm (9:00pm local)

What TV station is it on?

Live on ITV (UK) and RTÉ (ROI)

Where is it on?


What time does coverage start?

Stade de France, Paris

Can I listen to it on the radio?

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Sounds and online

Are there tickets still available

Ticket sites can be found here

What are the odds

Odds can be found here


Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)

How many times have the sides played each other at a World Cup

This will be the first time that Ireland and South Africa have met at a World Cup.

What is the head 2 head record 

Ireland and South Africa have played each other on 27 occasions since their first meeting in 1906. The Springboks have won 18 matches, whilst Ireland have won eight matches. There has also been one drawn match between the two sides.

What happened the last time the sides played

Ireland beat the Springboks 19-16 during last year's autumn internationals in November

Ireland squads and scorers that day

Ireland Team that day


  • 1 Andrew Porter
  • 2 Dan Sheehan
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 4 Tadhg Beirne
  • 5 James Ryan
  • 6 Peter O'Mahony
  • 7 Josh van der Flier
  • 8 Caelan Doris


  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 10 Johnny Sexton (Captain)
  • 11 Mack Hansen
  • 12 Stuart McCloskey
  • 13 Garry Ringrose
  • 14 Robert Baloucoune
  • 15 Hugo Keenan


  • 16 Rob Herring
  • 17 Cian Healy
  • 18 Finlay Bealham
  • 19 Kieran Treadwell
  • 20 Jack Conan
  • 21 Jamison Gibson Park
  • 22 Joey Carbery
  • 23 Jimmy O'Brien

South Africa Team


  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Lood de Jager
  • 6 Siya Kolisi (Captain)
  • 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 8 Jasper Wiese


  • 9 Jaden Hendrikse
  • 10 Damian Willemse
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe


  • 16 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 17 Ox Nche
  • 18 Vincent Koch
  • 19 Franco Mostert
  • 20 Deon Fourie
  • 21 Kwagga Smith
  • 22 Faf de Klerk
  • 23 Willie le Roux

Scorers that day

Ireland (6) 19
Try: van der Flier (46'), Hansen (50')
Penalty: Sexton (3', 36', 74')

South Africa (6) 16
Try: Mostert (67'), Arendse (76')
Penalty: Willemse (9'), Kolbe (42')

Ireland team 

Fullback 15.  Hugo Keenan

Winger 14. Mack Hansen

Centres 13. Garry Ringrose 12. Bundee Aki

Winger 11. James Lowe

Out half 10. Johnny Sexton  Scrum half 9. Jamison Gibson-Park

Front row 1. Andrew Porter 2. Ronan Kelleher 3. Tadhg Furlong

Second row 4. Tadhg Beirne  5. James Ryan

Back row 6. Peter O’Mahony  7. Josh van der Flier  8. Caelan Doris

Replacements: Dan Sheehan, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Ryan Baird, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Robbie Henshaw.

South Africa team

Fullback 15. Damian Willemse

Winger 14. Kurt-Lee Arendse

Centres 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Damian de Allende

Winger 11. Cheslin Kolbe

Out half 10. Manie Libbok, Scrum-half 9 Faf de Klerk;

Front row 1.Steven Kitshoff, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 3. Frans Malherbe

Second row 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Franco Mostert

Back row 6.Siya Kolisi (capt), 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8. Jasper Wiese.

Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Jean Kleyn, RG Snyman, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Cobus Reinach.

What has Andy Farrell has said

“We have to be good, we have to play really well to beat the world champions," said Farrell

“And rightly so because they’re in good form and, barring us and our team, our management and the Irish people all over the world, I think everyone else thinks that they’re the favourites and they’re going to win.

“I can see why because of the form that they’ve showed in the last couple of games but we don’t think like that. We’re ready for a tough battle and it will take it’s own course, I’m sure.​


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