This weekend, England will face South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final. England overcame the All Blacks to book their place in the showpiece final, whilst South Africa won a nail-biting game against Wales. This final won’t be the first time that English and South African stars have faced off in high-level competition and ahead of the game, we’ve taken a look back at some big games played between stars from the two countries in various sports throughout the years.
2019 Cricket World Cup
England and South Africa faced off in the first game of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, with England winning in dominating fashion. Ben Stokes top-scored with 89 for England, who posted 311/8 from their 50 overs. Jofra Archer then took three wickets as South Africa were bowled out for just 207.
The last time the two countries met at football was in May 2003. Gareth Southgate, now England manager of course, opened the scoring as England won 2-1. Benni McCarthy equalised for South Africa but Emile Heskey’s goal gave England the win.
Rugby Sevens 2018 Commonwealth Bronze medal match
England and South Africa competed in the bronze medal match of the Men’s Rugby Sevens competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. England won the game 21-14 with Phil Burgess scoring two early tries.
Louis Oosthuizen wins The Open
In 2010, South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen surprised many by winning The Open at St Andrews, beating England’s Lee Westwood who finished as runner up.
2019 Netball World Cup Bronze Medal Match
At the 2019 Netball World Cup, held in Liverpool, England and South Africa both lost their semi-final matches against New Zealand and Australia, respectively. This meant that the two countries met in the bronze medal match. Jade Clarke was named as the player of the match as England won 58-42 to slightly ease the pain of their semi-final loss.
Rutherford beats South African's to win gold
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Olympic champion Greg Rutherford earned another gold medal in the long jump. The Englishman beat two South Africans, Zarck Visser (silver) and Rushwahl Samaai (bronze) in the final at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
Prince Naseem Hamed v Vuyani Bungu
In March 2000, Prince Naseem Hamed defended his WBO and lineal featherweight titles against South Africa’s Vuyani Bungu. Hamed won the fight in convincing fashion with a fourth-round knockout to take his career record to 34-0.
2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup
England and South Africa met in the semi-final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup in a thrilling game. South Africa set a score of 218/6 with Mignon du Preez posting an unbeaten 76. In reply, England, guided by Sarah Taylor’s 54, chased down the total with just two balls to spare to advance to the final, which they won against India.
Kruger denies Weir’s third Commonwealth gold dream
At the 2002 Commonwealth Games, England’s Robert Weir was hoping to win a third Commonwealth gold medal having won the Hammer in 1982 and the discus in 1998. However, Weir had to settle for bronze in the 2002 discus final with South Africa’s Frantz Kruger winning gold.
2018 Commonwealth Games Men's 4x100 metres relay
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey of England crossed the line just ahead of Akani Simbine of South Africa to earn his country a gold medal in the Men’s 4×100 metres relay at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Tatjana Schoenmaker wins gold
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker won the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final, beating Molly Renshaw of England, who had to settle for silver.
Twigg wins bronze for England
Georgie Twigg scored the only goal of the game as England beat South Africa in the bronze medal match at the women’s hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Scott Fitzgerald beats Tulani Mbenge
Scott Fitzgerald won Commonwealth gold as an amateur. He beat India’s Mandeep Jangra in the final after a 3-0 semi-final win over the much-fancied South African Tulani Mbenge.
The Brownlees do it again
Not for the first time, the Brownlee brothers stood together on a podium at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Alistair won gold in the Men’s Triathlon and Jonathan the silver ahead of South Africa’s Richard Murray.
2007 Rugby World Cup final
The two sides met in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final, a game in which no tries were scored. Percy Montgomery kicked four penalties and Francois Stein got another as South Africa won 15-6 in France. England will be hoping for a different result this weekend!