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Is England v South Africa on TV? Channel, start time and how to watch the Rugby World Cup


The Rugby World Cup is coming to an end with the second semi-final between England and South Africa. They face each other on Saturday evening at the Stade de France in Paris, each hoping to secure a place in the final.

Steve Borthwick announced three changes from the England team that beat Fiji in the quarter-final, with Marcus Smith the most visible absentee. He suffered a head injury in the last match and will not play against the Springboks. Owen Farrell shone against the Pacific Islanders, scoring a late drop and penalty to deny them a comeback.

South Africa, meanwhile, played one of the matches of the tournament and even the history of the World Cup by beating France 29-28. The match swung both ways, with the Springboks able to come from behind and hold off the tournament hosts to reach the last four.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match and get all the information Rugby World Cup odds and advice here:

When will England v South Africa take place?

The semi-final is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. BST on Saturday October 21 at the Stade de Frace in Paris.

How can I watch it?

Viewers in the UK can watch the match live on ITV1 with coverage starting at 7:15 p.m. BST.

Registered users can also stream the match for free online on ITVX.

Team News

Steve Borthwick made three changes to England’s starting XV from the team that beat Fiji in the quarter-finals.

Marcus Smith does not participate in matchday 23 while Freddie Steward returns to full-back. Ellis Genge drops to the bench with Joe Marler as a loose prop and George Martin takes Ollie Chessum’s place in the second row.

South Africa have named an unchanged squad for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against England.

After dominating France in Paris last week, Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus kept their confidence with the same starting XI and the same bench.

Confirmed lineups:

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

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

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

Substitutes: 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 – 9/2

Draw – 25/1

South Africa – 1/7


England have worked hard to emerge from a relatively straightforward journey to the semi-finals, but are clicking at the right time despite repeated personnel changes. They could have enough quality to surprise South Africa, but the defending champions look more assured and are expected to endure a close fight to reach the final.

England 22-29 South Africa.



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