London, UK – Rugby heavyweights New Zealand and South Africa are set to go toe-to-toe in an historic fixture at Twickenham Stadium on Friday, 25 August (KO 7.3srcpm). The hotly anticipated match will form part of their final preparations for Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2src23, which kicks off just two weeks later with the All Blacks facing hosts France in Paris.
The two rivals have only previously played each other once at the home of rugby, a tense 2src-18 victory for the All Blacks in the semi-final of RWC 2src15, where the mercurial Beauden Barrett’s late try proved the difference.
Of the seven editions of RWC in which South Africa has participated, they have encountered New Zealand on five occasions, the most significant being their inaugural tournament victory in 1995, in front of a watching Nelson Mandela and galvanised nation. With the two sides tied on three RWC tournament wins each, they will both be gunning for victory in France to become the most successful nation in the RWC’s 36-year history.
In the most recent Rugby Championship, New Zealand pipped the Springboks to the title although honours were split between the teams with one victory
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