Open main menu

South Africa at the Rugby World Cup

South Africa have played at seven of the nine Rugby World Cup tournaments, having been unable to compete in the first two tournaments due to a sports boycott during the apartheid era. Following the end of apartheid, they hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup and won the tournament and they were champions again at the 2007 tournament in France. The Springboks then made history when they beat England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan despite losing a pool stage match. The win was achieved under the leadership of captain Siya Kolisi and the coaching of Rassie Erasmus, whose game plan ultimately outsmarted the tactics of England coach Eddie Jones. This win, like the Springboks win in 1995, brought hope and unity to their nation and was an important victory for all South Africans.

The Springboks are tied with the New Zealand All Blacks for tournament wins at the Rugby World Cup - both teams having won 3 times - although they have participated in less tournaments. In addition to this, they are the only rugby team to have won every World Cup final they have played in.

By positionEdit

Rugby World Cup
Year Round Pld W D L PF PA Squad
    1987 Barred due to Apartheid
          1991
  1995 Champions 6 6 0 0 144 67 Squad
  1999 Third Place 6 5 0 1 219 101 Squad
  2003 Quarter-finals 5 3 0 2 193 89 Squad
  2007 Champions 7 7 0 0 278 86 Squad
  2011 Quarter-finals 5 4 0 1 175 35 Squad
  2015 Third Place 7 5 0 2 241 108 Squad
  2019 Champions 7 6 0 1 262 67 Squad
  2023
Total Champions 43 36 0 7 1512 553
     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place Home venue

By matchesEdit

1995Edit

Pool A
Team
P W D L PF PA Pts
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 68 26 9
  Australia 3 2 0 1 87 41 7
  Canada 3 1 0 2 45 50 5
  Romania 3 0 0 3 14 97 3
1995-05-25
South Africa   27 – 18   Australia
Tries: Pieter Hendriks, Joel Stransky
Con: Joel Stransky
Pen: Joel Stransky (4)
Drop: Joel Stransky
Tries: Phil Kearns, Michael Lynagh
Con: Michael Lynagh
Pen: Michael Lynagh
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 51 000 (capacity)
Referee: Derek Bevan  

1995-05-30
South Africa   21 – 8   Romania
Tries: Adriaan Richter (2)
Con: Gavin Johnson
Pen: Gavin Johnson (3)
Tries: Andrei Gurănescu
Pen: Ilie Ivanciuc
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 35 000
Referee: Ken McCartney  

1995-06-03
South Africa   20 – 0   Canada
Tries: Adriaan Richter (2)
Con: Joel Stransky (2)
Pen: Joel Stransky (2)

Quarter-final
1995-06-10
South Africa   42 – 14   Western Samoa
Tries: Chester Williams (4), Chris Rossouw, Mark Andrews
Con: Gavin Johnson (3)
Pen: Gavin Johnson (2)
Tries: Shem Tatupu, Tu Nu'uali'itia
Con: Tupo Fa'amasino (2)
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 52 000
Referee: Jim Fleming  

Semi-final
1995-06-17
South Africa   19 – 15   France
Tries: Ruben Kruger
Con: Joel Stransky
Pen: Joel Stransky (4)
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (5)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 50 000 (capacity)
Referee: Derek Bevan  

Final
1995-06-24
South Africa   15 – 12 (a.e.t.)   New Zealand
Pen: Joel Stransky (3)
Drop: Joel Stransky (2)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (3)
Drop: Andrew Mehrtens
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 65 000 (capacity)
Referee: Ed Morrison  

1999Edit

Pool A
Team
P W D L PF PA Pts
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 132 35 9
  Scotland 3 2 0 1 120 58 7
  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 42 97 5
  Spain 3 0 0 3 18 122 3
1999-10-03
Scotland   29 – 46   South Africa
Tries: Martin Leslie, Alan Tait
Con: Kenny Logan (2)
Pen: Kenny Logan (4)
Drop: Gregor Townsend
Tries: Ollie Le Roux, Deon Kayser, Joost van der Westhuizen, Robbie Fleck, Andre Venter, Brendan Venter
Con: Jannie de Beer (5)
Pen: Jannie de Beer (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 57,612
Referee: Colin Hawke  


1999-10-15
South Africa   39 – 3   Uruguay
Tries: Albert van den Berg (2), Joost van der Westhuizen, Deon Kayser, Robbie Fleck
Con: Jannie de Beer (4)
Pen: Jannie de Beer (2)
Pen: Diego Aguirre
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Peter Marshall  

Quarter-final
1999-10-24
South Africa   44 – 21   England
Tries: Joost van der Westhuizen, Pieter Rossouw
Con: Jannie de Beer (2)
Pen: Jannie de Beer (5)
Drop: Jannie de Beer (5)
Pen: Paul Grayson (6), Jonny Wilkinson
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Jim Fleming  

Semi-final
1999-10-30
South Africa   21 – 27
(a.e.t)
  Australia
Pen: Jannie de Beer (6)
Drop: Jannie de Beer
Pen: Matthew Burke (8)
Drop: Stephen Larkham
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Derek Bevan  

Third place play-off
1999-11-04
South Africa   22 – 18   New Zealand
Tries: Breyton Paulse
Con: Henry Honiball
Pen: Henry Honiball (3)
Drop goals: Percy Montgomery (2)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (6)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Peter Marshall  

2003Edit

Pool C
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  England 4 4 0 0 34 255 47 +208 3 19
  South Africa 4 3 0 1 27 184 60 +124 3 15
  Samoa 4 2 0 2 18 138 117 +21 2 10
  Uruguay 4 1 0 3 6 56 255 -199 0 4
  Georgia 4 0 0 4 1 46 200 -154 0 0
2003-10-11
South Africa   72 – 6   Uruguay
Tries: van der Westhuizen (3), van Niekerk, Botha, Delport, Fourie, Bands, Rossouw, Scholtz, Greef
Con: Koen (5), Hougaard
Pen: Aguirre (2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 16,906
Referee: Paddy O'Brien  

2003-10-18
South Africa   6 – 25   England
Pen: Koen (2) Tries: Greenwood
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (4)
Drop: Wilkinson (2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 38,834
Referee: Peter Marshall  

2003-10-24
South Africa   46 – 19   Georgia
Tries: Rossouw (2), Hougaard, van Niekerk, Fourie, Botha, Burger
Con: Hougaard (4)
Pen: Hougaard
Tries: Dadunashvili
Con: Jimsheladze
Pen: Jimsheladze (3), Kvirikashvili
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 34,308
Referee: Stuart Dickinson  

2003-11-01
South Africa   60 – 10   Samoa
Tries: van Niekerk, Muller, Hougaard, Smith, Willemse, Fourie, van der Westhuyzen, de Kock
Con: Hougaard (5), Koen (2)
Pen: Hougaard
Drop: Hougaard
Tries: Palepoi
Con: Va'a
Pen: Va'a
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 48,496
Referee: Chris White  

Quarter-final
2003-11-08
New Zealand   29 – 9   South Africa
Tries: MacDonald 16' c
Mealamu 59' m
Rokocoko 72' m
Con: MacDonald
Pen: MacDonald (3)
Drop: Mauger 45'
Pen: Hougaard (3)
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 40,734
Referee: Tony Spreadbury  

2007Edit

Pool A
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  South Africa 4 4 0 0 24 189 47 +142 3 19
  England 4 3 0 1 11 108 88 +20 2 14
  Tonga 4 2 0 2 9 89 96 −7 1 9
  Samoa 4 1 0 3 5 69 143 −74 1 5
  United States 4 0 0 4 7 61 142 −81 1 1
9 September 2007
16:00
South Africa   59 – 7   Samoa
Tries: Habana (4) 33' m, 56' c, 66' c, 76' m
Montgomery (2) 40+' c, 53' m
Fourie 47' c
JP Pietersen 80+' c
Con: Montgomery (5/8)
Pen: Montgomery (3/3) 3', 10', 15'
Report Try: Williams 18' c
Con: Williams (1/1)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 46,575
Referee: Paul Honiss  

14 September 2007
21:00
England   0 – 36   South Africa
Report Tries: Smith 6' c
Pietersen (2) 38' c, 64' c
Con: Montgomery (3/3)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 11'
Montgomery (4/4) 36', 46', 55', 79'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 77,523
Referee: Joël Jutge  

22 September 2007
14:00
South Africa   30 – 25   Tonga
Tries: Pienaar (2) 18' c, 65' m
Smith 59' c
Skinstad 62' m
Con: Pretorius (1/1)
Montgomery (1/3)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 54'
Montgomery (1/1) 76'
Report Tries: Pulu 44' c
Hufanga 70' m
Vaki 72' c
Con: Hola (2/3)
Pen: Hola (2/3) 9', 78'
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 40,069
Referee: Wayne Barnes  

30 September 2007
20:00
South Africa   64 – 15   United States
Tries: Burger 10' c
Steyn 28' c
Habana (2) 35' c, 42' m
van der Linde 48' c
du Preez 54' c
Fourie (2) 64' c, 73' c
Smith 77' c
Con: Montgomery (6/7)
James (2/2)
Pen: Montgomery (1/1) 17'
Report Tries: Ngwenya 39' c
Wyles 51' m
Con: Hercus (1/2)
Pen: Hercus (1/1) 20'

Quarter-final
7 October 2007
15:00
South Africa   37 – 20   Fiji
Tries: Fourie 13' m
Smit 35' m
Pietersen 51' c
Smith 70' c
James 80' c
Con: Montgomery (3/5)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 8'
Montgomery (1/2) 63'
Report Tries: Delasau 57' c
Bobo 59' c
Con: Bai (2/2)
Pen: Bai (2/2) 26', 44'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 55,943
Referee: Alan Lewis  

Semi-final
14 October 2007
21:00
South Africa   37 – 13   Argentina
Tries: du Preez 7' c
Habana (2) 32' c, 76' c
Rossouw 40' c
Con: Montgomery (4/4)
Pen: Montgomery (3/3) 17', 71', 75'
Report Try: M. Contepomi 45' c
Con: F. Contepomi (1/1)
Pen: F. Contepomi (2/4) 15', 30'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 77,055
Referee: Steve Walsh  

Final
20 October 2007
21:00
England   6 – 15   South Africa
Pen: Wilkinson (2/2) 13', 44' Report Pen: Montgomery (4/4) 7', 16', 40', 51'
Steyn (1/2) 62'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 80,430
Referee: Alain Rolland  

2011Edit

Pool D
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  South Africa 4 4 0 0 21 166 24 +142 2 18
  Wales 4 3 0 1 23 180 34 +146 3 15
  Samoa 4 2 0 2 9 91 49 +42 2 10
  Fiji 4 1 0 3 7 59 167 −108 1 5
  Namibia 4 0 0 4 5 44 266 −222 0 0
2011-09-11
South Africa   17 – 16   Wales
Tries: F. Steyn,
Hougaard
Con: M. Steyn (2)
Pen: M. Steyn
(Report) Tries: Faletau
Con: Hook
Pen: Hook (3)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 33,331
Referee: Wayne Barnes  

2011-09-17
South Africa   49 – 3   Fiji
Tries: Steenkamp
Fourie
F. Steyn
M. Steyn
Mtawarira
Rossouw
Con: M. Steyn
Pen: M. Steyn, F. Steyn
(Report) Pen: Bai
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 33,262
Referee: Romain Poite  

2011-09-22
South Africa   87 – 0   Namibia
Tries: Aplon (2),
Habana,
Fourie,
F. Steyn,
M. Steyn,
de Jongh (2),
Hougaard (2)
Con: M. Steyn,
Pienaar
Pen: M. Steyn
(Report)
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 26,839
Referee: George Clancy  

2011-09-30
South Africa   13 – 5   Samoa
Tries: Habana
Con: M. Steyn (2)
Pen: M. Steyn,
F. Steyn
(Report) Tries: Stowers
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 29,734
Referee: Nigel Owens  

Quarter-Final
2011-10-09
South Africa   9 – 11   Australia
Pen: M. Steyn (2),
Drop: M. Steyn
(Report) Tries: Horwill,
Pen: O'Connor (2)
Regional Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 29,734
Referee: Bryce Lawrence  

2015Edit

Pool B
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  South Africa 4 3 0 1 23 176 56 +120 4 16
  Scotland 4 3 0 1 14 136 93 +43 2 14
  Japan 4 3 0 1 9 98 100 –2 0 12
  Samoa 4 1 0 3 7 69 124 –55 2 6
  United States 4 0 0 4 5 50 156 –106 0 0
19 September 2015
16:45
South Africa   32–34   Japan
Try: Louw 18' c
B. Du Plessis 33' m
De Jager 44' c
Strauss 62' c
Con: Lambie (2/3) 19', 45'
Pollard (1/1) 63'
Pen: Lambie (1/1) 57'
Pollard (1/1) 73'
Report Try: Leitch 30' c
Goromaru 69' c
Hesketh 80' m
Con: Goromaru (2/3) 31', 70'
Pen: Goromaru (5/6) 8', 43', 49', 53', 60'

26 September 2015
16:45
South Africa   46–6   Samoa
Try: Pietersen (3) 15' m, 47' c, 78' m
Burger 58' m
Brits 71' m
Habana 80' c
Con: Pollard (1/4) 48'
Lambie (1/2) 80'
Pen: Pollard (4/4) 2', 19', 24', 39'
Report Pen: Stanley (2/5) 9', 12'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 39,526
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

3 October 2015
16:45
South Africa   34–16   Scotland
Try: Burger 13' c
Pietersen 38' c
Habana 73' m
Con: Pollard (2/3) 13', 40'
Pen: Pollard (4/4) 17', 27', 62', 68'
Drop: Pollard 51'
Report Try: Seymour 49' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 50'
Pen: Laidlaw (2/3) 30', 45'
Weir (1/1) 60'
St. James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 50,900
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

7 October 2015
16:45
South Africa   64–0   United States
Try: De Allende 7' c
Penalty try 27' c
Habana (3) 42' c, 59' c, 61' c
Du Plessis 47' m
Louw (2) 53' c, 69' m
Kriel 73' m
Mvovo 80' c
Con: Pollard (4/5) 8', 28', 42', 54'
Steyn (3/5) 60', 63', 80'
Report
Olympic Stadium, London
Attendance: 54,658
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

Quarter-final
17 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
South Africa   23–19   Wales
Try: Du Preez 75' m
Con: Pollard (0/1)
Pen: Pollard (5/7) 9', 13', 17', 21', 62'
Drop: Pollard 52'
Report[1] Try: G. Davies 18' c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 19'
Pen: Biggar (3/4) 15', 47', 64'
Drop: Biggar 40'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 79,572
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Semi-final
24 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
South Africa   18–20   New Zealand
Pen: Pollard (5/5) 3', 11', 21', 39', 58'
Lambie (1/1) 69'
Report Try: Kaino 6' c
Barrett 52' c
Con: Carter (2/2) 9', 53'
Pen: Carter (1/2) 60'
Drop: Carter 46'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,090
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

Bronze final
30 October 2015
20:00 GMT (UTC+00)
South Africa   24–13   Argentina
Try: Pietersen 6' c
Etzebeth 43' m
Con: Pollard (1/2) 7'
Pen: Pollard (4/5) 14', 33', 40', 48'
Report[2] Try: Orlandi 80' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 80'
Pen: Sánchez (1/1) 52'
Drop: Sánchez 42'
Olympic Stadium, London
Attendance: 55,925
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

2019Edit

Pool B
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  New Zealand 4 3 1 0 22 157 22 +135 2 16
  South Africa 4 3 0 1 27 185 36 +149 3 15
  Italy 4 2 1 1 14 98 78 +20 2 12
  Namibia 4 0 1 3 3 34 175 –141 0 2
  Canada 4 0 1 3 2 14 177 –163 0 2


21 September 2019
18:45 JST (UTC+09)
New Zealand   23–13   South Africa
Try: Bridge 24' c
S. Barrett 27' c
Con: Mo'unga (2/2) 25', 28'
Pen: Mo'unga (2/3) 23', 67'
B. Barrett (1/1) 72'
Report Try: Du Toit 48' c
Con: Pollard (1/1) 49'
Pen: Pollard (1/2) 2'
Drop: Pollard (1/1) 59'

28 September 2019
18:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) South Africa   57–3   Namibia
Try: Mbonambi (2) 10' c, 17' c
Louw 15' m
Mapimpi (2) 27' m, 54' c
Am 42' c
Gelant 48' c
Kolisi 59' m
Brits 64' c
Con: E. Jantjies (6/9) 11', 19', 43', 50', 55', 66'
Report Pen: Loubser (1/2) 24'
City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
Attendance: 36,449
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

4 October 2019
18:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) South Africa   49–3   Italy
Try: Kolbe (2) 5' c, 52' m
Mbonambi 26' c
Am 57' c
Mapimpi 67' c
Snyman 75 m'
Marx 80+2' m
Con: Pollard (4/7) 6', 27', 59', 68'
Pen: Pollard (2/2) 11', 50'
Report Pen: Allan (1/1) 8'
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
Attendance: 44,148
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

8 October 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) South Africa   66–7   Canada
Try: de Allende 3' c
Nkosi 6' m
Reinach (3) 10' c, 18' c, 21' c
Gelant 28' c
Steyn 40'+1 c
Brits 55' c
Willemse 66' c
Malherbe 73' m
Con: E. Jantjies (8/10) 3', 12', 20', 22', 29', 40'+2, 56', 68'
Report Try: Heaton 46' c
Con: Nelson (1/1) 48'
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 28,014
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

Quarter-final
20 October 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
Japan   3–26   South Africa
Pen: Tamura (1/1) 20'
Report Try: Mapimpi (2) 4' m, 70' m
de Klerk 66' c
Con: Pollard (1/3) 66'
Pen: Pollard (3/4) 44', 49', 64'
Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 48,831
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Semi final
27 October 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
Wales   16–19   South Africa
Try: Adams 65' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 66'
Pen: Biggar (3/3) 18', 39', 46'
Report Try: de Allende 57' c
Con: Pollard (1/1) 58'
Pen: Pollard (4/4) 15', 20', 35', 76'

Final
2 November 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
England   12–32   South Africa
Pen: Farrell (4/5) 23', 35', 52', 60'
Report Try: Mapimpi 66' c
Kolbe 74' c
Con: Pollard (2/2) 67', 75'
Pen: Pollard (6/8) 10', 26', 39', 43', 46', 58'

Overall recordEdit

Overall record against all nations in the World Cup:[3]

Country Played Wins Draws Losses For Against +/- Winning percent
  New Zealand 5 2 - 3 77 102 -25 40
  Samoa 5 5 - - 220 42 +178 100
  England 5 4 - 1 133 64 +69 80
  Australia 3 1 - 2 57 56 +1 33.33
  Namibia 2 2 - - 144 3 +141 100
  Wales 3 3 - - 59 51 +8 100
  Argentina 2 2 - - 61 26 +35 100
  Japan 2 1 - 1 58 37 +21 50
  Canada 2 2 - - 86 7 +79 100
  Scotland 2 2 - - 80 45 +35 100
  Uruguay 2 2 - - 111 9 +102 100
  United States 2 2 - - 128 15 +113 100
  Fiji 2 2 - - 86 23 +63 100
  Romania 1 1 - - 21 8 +13 100
  Italy 1 1 - - 49 3 +46 100
  France 1 1 - - 19 15 +4 100
  Spain 1 1 - - 47 3 +44 100
  Georgia 1 1 - - 46 19 +27 100
  Tonga 1 1 - - 30 25 +5 100
Total 43 36 0 7 1512 553 +959 83.72

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Pure genius' try from Fourie du Preez grabs late victory for Springboks over Wales". www.rugbyworldcup.com. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Greatest Springboks generation bow out with bronze, while Argentina look ahead to golden future". rugbyworldcup.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ "All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup". allblacks.com. Retrieved 31 October 2015.