32 years on from the first Rugby World Cup final and the objective for The Springboks is still the same – to be the best in the world.
To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. That is the motto as the Southern Hemisphere’s most successful sides – The Springboks and All Blacks take on their greatest rivals from the Northern Hemisphere. Four Rugby World Cup finals have been played between South Africa and England (twice) and New Zealand and France (twice), Including the first and the last finals.
Today, the newest chapters of these traditional rivalries will be written…
SPRINGBOKS LOOK TO FINISH TOP OF THE WORLD
The Boks famously beat England 32-12 to become World Champions in 2019 and they haven’t played since.
Well, not technically, several Englishmen featured for the British & Irish Lions. Most noticeably, Maro Itoje who is set for an epic re-match with Eben Etzebeth. That is over two years of remembering Makozole Mapimpi finish off a scintillating chip and gather from Lukhanyo Am. Two years of flashbacks of Cheslin Kolbe’s ankle-breaking sidestep tormenting Owen Farrell.
For the Bokke, it’s about capping off a truly remarkable year and finishing as the best team in the world. Hopefully, Rassie Erasmus can make a ‘sneak peek‘ appearance too!
ANOTHER CLASSIC AWAITS FRANCE VS ALL BLACKS
Talk about World Cup flavour. From the first final in 1987 to the up-and-coming 2023 World Cup in France…
Les Bleus vs the mighty All Blacks has captivated the rugby world with twists and turns and some of the most incredible tales the game has ever seen! Who would forget when France knocked out New Zealand in 2007 or the classic 1999 comeback where France came back from 24-10 to win 43-31?
Now, France is building a head of steam ahead of hosting the World Cup in 2023. The scalp they want most is NZ. In contrast, the All Blacks have just come off a 29-20 loss to Ireland.
They are the most dangerous off of a loss, expect fireworks in Paris to close off the year.