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South Africa vs Ireland – Preview and Prediction | Summer Internationals 2024

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The two best-ranked teams in the world meet in Pretoria. It promises to be another high-class encounter between the Springboks and the Irish.

START DATE/TIME: UK – Saturday, July 6, 4:00 p.m. / USA ET – Saturday, July 6, 11:00 a.m. / USA PT – Saturday, July 6, 8:00 a.m.

HOW TO WATCH IT ON TV: UK – Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action / USA – the game will be streamed on FloRugby and the FloSports app.

HOW TO WATCH ONLINE: UK – SkyGo app / USA – the game will be streamed on FloRugby and the FloSports app.

SOUTH AFRICA FORM: WORLD CHAMPIONS WANT TO CONTINUE

South Africa are showing no signs of slowing down after their World Cup triumph last November and will be keen to make a statement against the Irish. They inflicted defeat on Wales two weeks ago when they beat Gatland's side 41-13 and now they welcome Ireland to their homeland.

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IRELAND FORM: IRISH WANT TO EXTEND THEIR THREE-GAME SEQUENCE AGAINST THE SPRINGBOKS

Ireland arrived in South Africa this week full of confidence, having beaten their opponents in their last three meetings. All of those games were at European level – two in Dublin and one in Paris – but they know they face a very different challenge away from home.

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SOUTH AFRICA TEAM NEWS:

CADRE:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

SUBSTITUTE:

16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, ​​​​18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 RG Snyman, 21 Marco van Staden, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu

IRELAND TEAM NEWS:

CADRE:

15 Jamie Osborne, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Jack Crowley, 9 Craig Casey, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O'Mahony (c), 5 Tadhg Beirne, 4 Joe McCarthy, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Dan Sheehan, 1 Andrew Porter

SUBSTITUTE:

16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 James Ryan, 20 Ryan Baird, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ciaran Frawley, 23 Garry Ringrose

SOUTH AFRICA US IRELAND FORECAST

While many consider the All Blacks vs England match to be worth watching on paper, there is no doubt that this is the game of the day between arguably the best two rugby teams in the world. South Africa will be fired up to face the Irish, who have been something of a bogey team for them of late. On home soil they will have the advantage there and this game will be played at high altitude, which will certainly benefit them. They have been in town for significantly longer than the Irish to prepare for this game and that should make a crucial difference. The Springboks are favourites here, albeit in a close game.

SOUTH AFRICA US IRELAND TIP: SOUTH AFRICA WINS