Two of the world’s best rugby teams meet in Dublin, as Ireland welcomes South Africa to the Aviva Stadium for the first time in five years.
South Africa has won the Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup in 2019, while Ireland has won the 2018 Six Nations and recently defeated the All Blacks in New Zealand to become the world’s top-ranked international rugby team.
South Africa is the highest-ranked team from the southern hemisphere, with only France standing between the Springboks and Ireland on that prestigious ladder. Despite defeating the All Blacks 26-10 in Mbombela, the Springboks lost the Rugby Championship by a single point to New Zealand.
However, Ireland’s recent history with New Zealand is one of historic triumph. Their three-test series in July began with a 42-19 loss in Auckland, but the tourists responded with a 23-10 victory in the second test, the first time Ireland had ever beaten the All Blacks on their home turf. Ireland then won the deciding match 32-22, clinching their first-ever series victory over New Zealand and cementing their position as the best side in world rugby at the time.
These two teams enter this match as the top teams in their respective hemispheres, and they are both in good form. It could be one of the best games of the autumn series, and with the 2023 Rugby World Cup on the horizon, it gives both teams a chance to demonstrate their tournament credentials.
When is Ireland’s match against South Africa?
On Saturday, November 5, Ireland will play South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. The game begins at 5.30 p.m. GMT.
|Date||Sat, Nov. 5||Sun, Nov. 6||Sun, Nov. 6||Sat, Nov. 5|
|Time||17:30 GMT||04:30 AEDT||06:30 NZDT||13:30 ET|
How to Watch the Ireland vs. South Africa Match
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UK: The Test match is available in the UK via the subscription service Amazon Prime Video.
Australia: All Autumn Nations Series matches, including this Test, will be streamed live on Stan Sport in Australia.
Sky Sport is the place to watch the end-of-year international matches in New Zealand.
Subscription service in the U.S. The Autumn Nations Series is the exclusive property of FloSports, with all matches available for online viewing.
Lineups for Ireland vs. South Africa
Ireland coach Andy Farrell will rely on Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton’s experience to guide his team around the field against the Springboks. Murray will earn his 100th cap for his country, while Sexton will captain the side.
Prop loosehead Andrew Porter scored twice in the series-clinching win over the All Blacks in Dunedin, and he returns to the starting lineup alongside the dependable Dan Sheehan and Tadhg Furlong.
Hugo Keenan, Robert Baloucoune, Garry Ringrose, Stuart McCloskey, Mack Hansen, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahoney, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris; Ireland XV: Hugo Keenan, Robert Baloucoune, Garry Ringrose, Stuart McCloskey, Mack Hansen,
Replacements for Ireland: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Joey Carbery, and Jimmy O’Brien.
Cheslin Kolbe, the 2019 Rugby World Cup winning try-scorer, has returned to the South African squad after being absent during the Rugby Championship. Wingers Kurt-Lee Arendse and Makazole Mapimpi each scored two tries during the tournament and will flank Kolbe from either side in Dublin as coach Jacques Neinaber deploys an aggressive backline.
Cheslin Kolbe, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Damian Willemse, Jaden Hendrikse; Steven Kitsoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jasper Wiese; Steven Kitsoff, Malcolm Marx, Fran
Replacements for South Africa: Bongi Mbonambi, Ox Nche, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Deon Fourie, Kwagga Smith, Faf de Klerk, Willie Le Roux.
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Odds for Ireland vs. South Africa
To say the least, it will be a close race, but Ireland is expected to win by a slim margin. The Springboks are 11/8 outsiders to win in Dublin at Sky Bet and BetMGM, while Ladbrokes has them at $2.50, much longer odds than the $1.53 they’re offering for an Irish victory.
Only one of the previous 26 meetings between these two teams ended in a draw, and BetMGM’s odds of 22/1 on neither side winning reflect the nature of this game.