New Zealand vs. South Africa: Who Will Win the  Rugby World Cup 2023?

New Zealand vs. South Africa: Who Will Win the Rugby World Cup 2023?

The 2023 Rugby World Cup final, featuring New Zealand and South Africa, is set to captivate fans on Saturday, October 28, at 1900 GMT. The match will unfold at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, located just outside Paris.

New Zealand’s Journey:

The All Blacks are on a quest to secure their fourth World Cup title, driven by a resounding 44-6 victory over Argentina and a hard-fought 28-24 win against Ireland in the quarter-finals. During the group stage, New Zealand bounced back from an initial loss to France and went on to claim bonus-point victories over Namibia, Italy, and Uruguay. This showdown against South Africa marks New Zealand’s fifth appearance in a World Cup Final.

Team Performance:

  • France 27-13 New Zealand
  • New Zealand 71-3 Namibia
  • New Zealand 96-17 Italy
  • New Zealand 73-0 Uruguay
  • Ireland 24-28 New Zealand
  • Argentina 6-44 New Zealand

The New Zealand Squad:

Backs: Richie Mo’unga, Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Damian McKenzie, Finlay Christie, Aaron Smith, Cam Roigard, David Havili, Will Jordan, Caleb Clarke, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Mark Telea.


Forwards: Codie Taylor, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Dane Coles, Ardie Savea, Ethan Blackadder, Dalton Papali’i, Luke Jacobson, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane (c), Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett, Tupou Vaa’i, Tyrel Lomax, Nepo Laulala, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Ethan de Groot, Fletcher Newell, Tamaiti Williams.


Head Coach: Ian Foster.
William Hill Odds to Win Tournament: 2.2/1

South Africa’s Journey:

South Africa’s path to the final included a thrilling 16-15 victory over England, following a dramatic 29-28 win against hosts France in the quarter-finals. The defending champions secured second place in Pool B, with victories over Scotland, Romania, and Tonga, along with a loss to Ireland. This final against New Zealand marks South Africa’s fourth World Cup Final appearance, having previously triumphed in 1995, 2007, and 2019.

Team Performance:

  • South Africa 18-3 Scotland
  • South Africa 76-0 Romania
  • South Africa 8-13 Ireland
  • South Africa 49-18 Tonga
  • France 28-29 South Africa
  • England 15-16 South Africa

The South African Squad:

Backs: Manie Libbok, Willie le Roux, Faf de Klerk, Jaden Hendrikse, Cobus Reinach, Grant Williams, Andre Esterhuizen, Jesse Kriel, Damian De Allende, Handre Pollard, Lukhanyo Am, Damian Willemse, Canan Moodie, Cheslin Kolbe, Kurt-Lee Arendse.
Forwards: Deon Fourie, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Jasper Wiese, Duane Vermeulen, Kwagga Smith, Siya Kolisi (c), Marco van Staden, Pieter-Steph du Toit, RG Snyman, Jean Kleyn, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Marvin Orie, Frans Malherbe, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx (inj), Makazole Mapimpi (inj).


Head Coach: Jacques Nienaber.
William Hill Odds to Win Tournament: 1.9/1

The Bronze Final

The bronze final is scheduled for Friday, October 27, at 1900 GMT, also at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Argentina and England will compete for third place following their losses in the semi-finals. These two teams previously clashed in the pool stage, with England prevailing 27-10.

Argentina’s Journey:

Argentina faced a 6-44 loss to New Zealand in the first semi-final after defeating Wales 29-17 in the quarter-finals. They secured the second spot in Pool D with a crucial victory over Japan, outshining them 39-27 in a winner-takes-all showdown. Their journey began with a loss against England but soon rebounded with wins over Samoa and Chile.

Team Performance:

  • England 27-10 Argentina
  • Argentina 19-10 Samoa
  • Argentina 59-5 Chile
  • Japan 27-39 Argentina
  • Wales 17-29 Argentina
  • Argentina 6-44 New Zealand

The Argentinian Squad:

Backs: Santiago Carreras, Nicolás Sánchez, Martín Bogado, Juan Cruz Mallia, Tomas Cubelli, Gonzalo Bertranou, Lautaro Bazan Velez, Matías Moroni, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Santiago Chocobares, Lucio Cinti, Marcos Kremer, Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Pedro Rubiolo, Juan Imhoff, Emiliano Boffelli, Mateo Carreras, Rodrigo Isgro.


Forwards: Ignacio Ruiz, Julián Montoya (c), Agustín Creevy, Facundo Isa, Joaquín Oviedo, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Rodrigo Bruni, Tomas Lavanini, Matías Alemanno, Thomas Gallo, Joel Sclavi, Mayco Vivas, Eduardo Bello, Francisco Gómez Kodela, Lucas Paulos, Pablo Matera (inj.).


Head Coach: Michael Cheika.

England’s Journey:

England experienced a heart-wrenching 15-16 defeat in their semi-final against South Africa, following their hard-earned 30-24 victory over Fiji in the quarter-finals. They clinched the top spot in Pool D with consecutive wins against Argentina, Japan, Chile, and Samoa.

Team Performance:

  • England 27-10 Argentina
  • England 34-12 Japan
  • England 71-0 Chile
  • England 18-17 Samoa
  • England 30-24 Fiji
  • England 15-16 South Africa

The England Squad:

Backs: Alex Mitchell, Ben Youngs, Danny Care, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (c), Max Malins, Ollie Lawrence, Joe Marchant, Marcus Smith, Manu Tuilagi, Henry Arundell, Freddie Steward, Elliot Daly, George Ford.


Forwards: Jack Walker, Theo Dan, Jamie George, David Ribbans, Lewis Ludlam, Billy Vunipola, Ben Earl, Tom Curry, Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, George Martin, Will Stuart, Dan Cole, Bevan Rodd, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Marler, Sam Underhill, Jack Willis (inj).


Head Coach: Steve Borthwick.

Past Finals and Location:

  • 2019: South Africa 32-12 England, in Yokohama (Japan)
  • 2015: New Zealand 34-17 Australia, in London (England)
  • 2011: New Zealand 8-7 France, in Auckland (New
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