Rugby World Cup Betting ODDS: Ireland vs. South Africa

Rugby World Cup Betting ODDS Ireland vs. South Africa

This weekend, the world’s number-one ranked team will face the world champions at the Aviva Stadium, and we have all the information you need to know ahead of the tantalizing match-up.

Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien of Ireland with HandrĂ© Pollard of South Africa in the last match the two sides played (Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy).

Ireland will face reigning world champions South Africa this weekend at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in the first of three autumn internationals for Andy Farrell’s side this month.

World Rugby has ranked Ireland first overall in their rankings, and they come into the game in fine form after a historic 2-1 series win in New Zealand this summer.

They’ll be hoping to maintain that momentum heading into next year’s World Cup in France, where they’ll face South Africa for the third time in Group B.

When is Ireland’s match against South Africa?

Ireland will play South Africa in the first of three Autumn Internationals on Saturday, November 5, at 5.30pm at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Information from television

The game will be broadcast live on Virgin Media Two beginning at 4.30 p.m. It will also be available to watch on Virgin Media Player and Amazon Prime.

News from the team


Ireland will be without centre Bundee Aki, who is suspended for two more games, for this weekend’s match, while James Lowe, Iain Henderson, and Ronan Kelleher are all out injured for the time being.

Johnny Sexton will captain the team from fly-half, and with his 109th cap, he will become Ireland’s fifth most capped player all-time.

Conor Murray, who is set to earn his 100th cap for Ireland, has been given a chance to shine at scrum-half, with the Munster star one of only five players retained from the two sides’ last meeting in 2017.

Both Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray make their debuts this weekend.

Other players who started against the Springboks five years ago included Tadhg Furlong, Rob Henshaw, Peter O’Mahony, and Sexton.

Cian Healy, who is on the bench for Saturday’s game, started the previous game in 2017, while Rob Herring, James Ryan, and Joey Carbery were among the replacements.

Tadhg Beirne and Jack Conan have never played for Ireland against South Africa, but they did play for the British and Irish Lions against the Springboks in the 2021 Test Series. Furlong, Henshaw, and Murray also took part in that Test Series.

Hugo Keenan and Mack Hansen will start on the wings, with Robert Baloucoune rounding out the backline.

South African Republic

Cheslin Kolbe will play his first Test at fullback when he returns to the Springbok squad for the first time since July to face Ireland as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber aims for a strong start to the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.

Kolbe will start alongside Kurt-Lee Arendse and Makazole Mapimpi in an exciting back three, while Jesse Kriel will partner Damien de Allende in an experienced midfield.

Damie Willemse will wear No 10 in a halfback pairing with Jaden Hendrikse (scrumhalf), while Jasper Wiese will wear No 8 in a loose trio with Pieter Steph-du Toit and Siya Kolisi, given the physical challenge expected from the Irish forwards.

Props Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, as well as hooker Malcolm Marx, make up the front row, with Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager in the engine room, and the bench is made up of six forwards and two backs.

Utility forwards Franco Mostert, Kwagga Smith, and Deon Fourie will join forward replacements Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), Ox Nche, and Vincent Koch (both props), while Faf de Klerk (scrumhalf) and Willie le Roux (fullback) will be the two backs on the bench.

Cheslin Kolbe, a South African flyer, will play his first Test at full-back this weekend when he returns to the team for the first time since July.

Lists of Participants


  • Hugo Keenan is the fifteenth.
    fourteen. Robert Baloucoune
    Garry Ringrose (13th)
    Robbie Henshaw is number twelve.
    Mack Hansen is number eleven.
    Johnny Sexton is ten.
    Conor Murray (9)
  • Andrew Porter is the first.
    Dan Sheehan is number two.
    Tadhg Furlong, third; Tadhg Beirne, fourth
    James Ryan is number five.
    O’Mahony, Peter
    Josh van der Flier is number seven.
    Caelan Doris is number eight.


  • Rob Herring is sixteen.
  • Cian Healy, No. 17; Finlay Bealham, No. 18
  • Kieran Treadwell, 19
  • Jack Conan Park 20. Jamison Gibson Park 21.
  • Joey Carbery (22nd)
  • Stuart McCloskey is number 23.

South African Republic

  • Cheslin Kolbe, 15
    Kurt-Lee Arendse 14
    Jesse Kriel (13th)
    Damien de Allende
    Mapimpi, Makazole
    Damian Willemse is ten.
    Jaden Hendrikse (9)
  • Kitshoff, Steven
  • Marx, Malcolm
    Frans Malherbe is third.
    four. Eden Etzebeth
    Lood de Jager 5
    Siya Kolisi is number six.
    Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Pieter-Steph Wiese
  • Jasper Wiese


  • Mbonambi, Bongi
  • Vincent Koch
  • Ox Nche
    Deon Fourie
  • Franco Mostert
    Kwagga Smith is number twenty-one.
    Faf de Klerk, number
    Willie le Roux, number

Odds on betting

  • Ireland wins (8/15).
  • South Africa wins by a score of 13/8.
  • Draw – 20/1

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