Rugby World Cup 2023: Why the Springboks Can Win The Title in France

Rugby World Cup 2023: Why the Springboks Can Win The Title in France

Babajide Orevba
updated at October 18, 2023 at 3:40 PM
  • The 2023 Rugby World Cup is nearing its end and the Springboks are now the tournament favourites
  • Having brushed aside hosts France in the quarter-final, South Africa will meet England in the semis
  • Sports Brief has analysed why the reigning champs could go all the way to retain the prestigious title

The Springboks have a date with England in a semi-final showdown at the ongoing 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

The encounter will be a rematch of the last final in 2019 when South Africa went home with the prestigious title.

Having edged out hosts, France in the last quarter-final, many are now tipping the Springboks to go all the way.

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South Africa are one of the Rugby World Cup tournament favourites. Photo: Ramsey Cardy
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Experts and pundits believe it will be hard to see England’s pack needing many alterations as they continue to strategise a game plan to reach the final.

South Africa may bring Faf de Klerk back in at scrum-half after Mannie Libbok was given the nod in the quarters but the team could remain largely the same.

Sports Brief analyses why the Springboks are favourites to reach the final and factors behind them going all the way to global rugby dominance yet again.

Springboks bank on past performances

South Africa boasts various records at the Rugby World Cup, with a proven track record, coupled with their perfect record when reaching the tournament finals.

They have been an incredibly successful team with three wins from the World Cups they have competed in, building a formidable reputation at the showpiece event.

Springboks won the Webb Ellis trophy in 1995 in South Africa, in 2007 in France, and in 2019 in Japan, complemented by the highest win percentage ratio played by any nation - 43% compared to New Zealand’s 33%.

Apart from this year, South Africa also reached the semi-finals of the competition in 1999 and 2015, finishing third in both instances.

South Africa's tried and tested leadership

South Africa’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus, head coach Jacques Nienaber, and captain Siya Kolisi remain in charge of the Springboks.

They retained their core leadership heading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, with Sunday World reporting on how much this trio has achieved, having claimed both the Rugby Championship and the World Cup in 2019.

Springboks' depth and versatility

There is an abundance of depth in the current Springboks side and this was evident in their clashes against Scotland, Romania, and Tonga.

Many of the players in the team can fit into different positions, which is essential for any team that wants to win the World Cup.

The nucleus of any Springbok team has always been the strength of their pack of forwards and using a 6/2 split of forwards to backs on the bench, which has been dubbed 'the Bomb Squad' due to the impact they can have on the game.

South African fans will be hoping that after a narrow win over France last weekend, they will move past England to meet either Argentina or New Zealand in the last round.

Mama Joy Chauke promotes 'brand South Africa'

Sports Brief also reported on Mama Joy Chauke being ever-present at South African events this year, seemingly having become the unofficial national mascot.

Immediately recognisable in her traditional attire, the self-professed sporting superfan is always draped in the South African flag with a boldly branded scarf.

The most recent stop on Mama Joy's jet-setting calendar has been the Rugby World Cup in France - but some have questioned the cost of her trips beyond borders.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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