Rugby World Cup Preview: New Zealand vs South Africa Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Oct 28)
- New Zealand and South Africa collide in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday
- The nations famously met in the 1995 final, which saw Nelson Mandela hand over the World Cup to the Springboks
After a stunning six weeks of action, just two nations remain in the hunt to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup. South Africa and New Zealand will renew their rivalry in Paris, with both sides looking for a record-setting fourth title in France.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday, October 28, 2023. 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Stade de France, Paris, France
- How To Watch: Peacock
A sensational Rugby World Cup final lies in wait this weekend, as South Africa and New Zealand both go in search of a fourth title. It will be the second time that the nations have met in the World Cup Final, with the Springboks scoring a dramatic extra-time drop-goal to land victory on home soil in 1995.
The Springboks have come a long way since that maiden title, and they will be chasing a second straight success in 2023 following their success in Japan four years ago. South Africa have cleared every test put in front of them to this point, which includes a stunning victory over France in the last eight. However, they rode their luck against England last weekend, with Handre Pollard scoring a dramatic winning penalty with just two minutes remaining on the clock.
New Zealand were written off by many before the start of the tournament, much in part due to their record-breaking defeat at the hands of the Springboks at Twickenham in August. However, they have been faultless at the World Cup since losing on the opening night against France. Their standout win saw them overcome Ireland in the last eight, before they registered seven tries in a stunning success over Argentina in the semi-finals last weekend.
The All Blacks will have a point to prove following their record 21-point defeat at the hands of South Africa in the summer. But, they have looked to be one of the nations that have improved as they have progressed through the tournament. It could also be hard to overlook the fact that they have won each of their previous three against the Springboks at the World Cup.
New Zealand vs South Africa Prediction
A thrilling final is set for this weekend, as the two leading nations in the world collide. However, we will be siding with the All Blacks landing a third victory in four editions. They have powered through the tournament, and the Springboks could be fatigued following grueling tests against Ireland, Scotland, France, and England.