The Red Rose defied dire predictions about their chances in France and reached the semi-finals as the tournament’s only undefeated team, albeit with the help of a more favorable draw than some of their more ambitious rivals.
Like New Zealand the night before, South Africa emerged from the tournament’s tougher side by eliminating hosts France on Sunday night.
Hours earlier, England navigated the last 20 minutes nervously, edged past Fiji and ended up as the Northern Hemisphere’s only remaining hope in the quarter-finals.
The Springboks broke England’s hearts in Japan four years ago and have made a habit of ending their World Cup hopes.
Date, kick-off time and venue
England vs South Africa takes place today, Saturday 21 October 2023, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm BST.
The venue for the game is the Stade de France in Paris.
Where to watch England vs South Africa?
TV channel: In the UK, the game can be broadcast live and free on ITV1. Coverage begins at 7:15 p.m.
Live broadcast: Fans can also watch the quarter-final action live online via the ITVX website and app.
Live blog: Follow the game tonight Standard sports Live blog, with Nick Purewal on site to provide expert analysis.
News about the England vs. South Africa team
Borthwick played with Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith in a combination that worked reasonably well against Fiji, with the Harlequins man not quite securing his place in the semi-finals as captain Farrell was outstanding.
It’s hard to imagine England’s team needing many changes as England prepare their game plan for a run to the final.
South Africa could bring Faf de Klerk back into the game at scrum-half after Mannie Libbok was given the nod in the quarter-final.
In fact, they are capable of formulating a game plan and Handre Pollard is another option to come into the side.
Lineups England vs. South Africa
The teams will be confirmed later in the week. So check back to find out who made it!
Referee England against South Africa
Ben O’Keeffe will take charge of the Springboks again, despite France being unhappy with the New Zealander’s management of the quarter-final game.
Andrew Brace from Ireland and New Zealander Paul Williams will manage the lines and New Zealander Brendon Pickerill will be in charge of TMO.
England vs South Africa prediction
The Springboks beat France in a high-pressure environment on Sunday and while England faced a big test of their own, South Africa have both experience and skill in their favour.
Steve Borthwick has to come up with a damn good plan to win this game.
South Africa wins by five to ten points.
Head-to-head history (h2h) and results
The Red Rose have won three of their last five games against the Springboks, yet they have lost four of their five World Cup meetings.
England wins: 16
South Africa wins: 27
Latest odds for England vs South Africa
England to qualify: 9/2
South Africa qualifies: 1/6