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Springboks, Siya Kolisi and Eben Etzebeth. Photo: SA Rugby website

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How can I watch the Springboks vs England for free?

Find out how you can watch the Springboks take on England in the Rugby World Cup last four live and for free.

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Springboks, Siya Kolisi and Eben Etzebeth. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springboks take on England in a Rugby World Cup semi-final that will kick-off at 21:00 on Saturday 21 October 2023.

It will be the sixth time that the sides have met at a Rugby World Cup.

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SuperSport have exclusive rights to the Rugby World Cup.

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However, a deal between the SABC and MultiChoice, ensures that fans can watch the action live on SABC or stream right here on sabcsport.com for free

Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber has backed the same team that overcame France to down England.

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“This may not have much significance, but the fact remains that these players have been here before, and they know what it will take to defeat a top-quality team such as England,” said Nienaber.

“Competition for places in the team is very tight and the coaches had a few in depth discussions before finalising the team.

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“We have players like Lukhanyo Am, Canan Moodie, Andre Esterhuizen, Jasper Wiese, Jean Kleyn, and the list goes on, who are all good enough to be in this team and would have fitted in and done the job just well as the other players.

“But we can only select 23 and everyone in this group is aligned and understands that the country comes first,” said Nienaber.

“We are playing for our friends, family and the 60 million people at home who have been supporting us through thick and thin and we are determined to continue giving them hope and something to smile about.”

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England coach Steve Borthwick relished the prospect of taking on the defending champions and No 1 team in the world.

“After an excellent few days preparation in Paris, we look forward to the challenge of playing the World Champions and number one ranked team in the world,” said Borthwick.

“Through this tournament the team has progressed, with the players repeatedly finding a way to win, sometimes in challenging circumstances.

“We will once again need to be at our very best this weekend as we face an excellent team in South Africa.

“There is no doubt the players will truly relish the challenge of knockout rugby under the lights in Paris.

“These players will, as they have done in every game of this tournament, give absolutely everything in the semi-final to get the result we want.”


Springboks: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux.

England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Jonny May, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Owen Farrell (captain), 9 Alex Mitchell, 8 Ben Earl, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 George Martin, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Jamie George, 1 Joe Marler.

Replacements: 16 Theo Dan, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Ollie Chessum, 20 Billy Vunipola, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Ollie Lawrence.

Date: Saturday, October 21

Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Kick-off: 21.00 (19.00 GMT; 20.00 UK & Ireland time; 21.00 SAST)

Expected weather: Cloudy, changing to light showers. A high of 15°C and a low of 12°C

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)

Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Paul Williams (New Zealand)

TMO: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)