Kick-off time, team sheets, where to watch Springboks v England

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The Springboks are gearing up for an anticipated onslaught from England in their final Outgoing Tour match at Twickenham on Saturday, which will go a long way to determining whether this tour could be deemed somewhat of a success for the South Africans.

Kick-off is at 19:30 (SA time).

The build-up to the match will begin at 18:30 on SuperSport, both on the Grandstand channel (201) and the rugby channel (211).

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Going into the final Test of the year, the Springboks will be hoping to snap up a three-match losing streak at Twickenham. In the last five matches between the two teams, the Springboks have only managed two wins, but of course the result that matters most in this recent history was the emphatic victory in the 2019 World Cup final.

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A closer look at the history books also shows that the Springboks have lost their last three games at Twickenham, which included a heartbreaking defeat late last year. Narrow scorelines have generally been the order of the day, but the last time South Africa actually claimed victory in London was back in November 2014, when the visitors prevailed 31-28.

Ahead of this crucial clash, here are some key stats and facts to keep in mind.

Springboks record against England:

Played 44; Won 26; Lost 16; Drawn 2; Points for: 945, Points against: 756; Tries scored 86, Tries conceded 57; Highest score 58-10; Biggest win 48 points. Win % 59%.

Milestones:

Siya Kolisi is the second most capped Springbok captain having led the side in 44 Test matches.

Eben Etzebeth is the second most capped Springbok lock with 109 Tests.

Miscellaneous:

The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 708.

There are 322 caps in the backline, with 387 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 197 caps.

The average caps per player in the backline are 46, the forwards 48, while the players on the bench average 24.

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TEAMS

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Canan Moodie.

England – 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Jonny May, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Alex Coles, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Subs: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 David Ribbans, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jack Nowell.

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Take a look back at some of the Springboks’ recent history against England:

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The Springboks and England in action during the 2019 World Cup final. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

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