2nd of November, 2019 The most recent match between the two sides occurred on November 2, 2019, in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final, which South Africa won 32-12. England had not beaten South Africa at home since 2007.
England won the first match 26-24 in Cape Town but were later disqualified from the tournament after a row over apparent ball tampering during the game. The International Rugby Board ordered England to play their next match against Ireland (who they had already qualified through ranking) with a neutral umpire. In the second half of that match, Ireland also alleged ball tampering by England and called for a penalty try, which was awarded. This meant that England failed to score any points against Ireland and the match ended in a 12-12 draw.
The incident with the bails resulted in England's withdrawal from the tournament, with chairman Bernard Lee saying "There can be no place for cheating in sport and we hope this conclusion will act as a strong message to all those involved in rugby that such behavior will not be tolerated."
Ireland went on to win the tournament, becoming the first team to retain the Webb Ellis Trophy since New Zealand in 1990.
The only other time England have played South Africa at rugby was back in 1910 when the British Lions toured South Africa.
Their first meeting took place on December 8, 1906, as part of South Africa's inaugural tour of Europe, and ended in a 3-3 tie. The most recent match between the two sides occurred on November 2, 2019, in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final, which South Africa won 32-12.
England won the first leg 1-0 at The Oval thanks to a try by Fred Jones, before the game was suspended due to fog. The match resumed the next day with more fog, but this time it cleared just enough for both teams to play their full halves. More tries were scored - three from each side - and once again The Oval was left with a muddy field after the game. This time, though, there was no need to postpone the fixture further because all parties agreed that it would be better to move onto the next match rather than wait any longer. That final match took place four days later, with England winning 1-0.
South Africa made their debut appearance at the 1908 London Olympics when they took on Australia. The Victorians won the match 3-0, but this is now regarded as an unofficial test since South Africa had not yet become a country.
The first official test match between England and South Africa was played at Lord's on July 4, 1910. The tourists won the match 19-3. In addition to the three tries scored by Fred Jones, another was converted into a penalty goal.
England The 2007 Rugby World Cup Final was a rugby union match held on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris, to determine the 2007 Rugby World Cup winner. England was defeated 15-6 by South Africa. It was their first defeat as champion of Europe.
The match was drawn 1-1 after 80 minutes of play before South Africa won the replay 3-0. This is the first time that two successive World Cup winners have met in a final rematch. England's last world cup victory came in 2003 when they beat Australia 21-8.
This was also South Africa's second World Cup win, and their first since 1995 (when they were known as the Springboks). This was also England's first World Cup loss.
There were reports prior to the final that both teams had agreed to give each other freedom of movement during the game, with England captain Michael Owen saying "We've been told we can go 100% forward and try something new, we're not sure what they are yet but we'll see". There were also reports that South Africa had chosen Jean De Villiers over Johan Museeuw as their new coach, but this rumor was later denied by both parties involved.
In conclusion, South Africa beat England in the final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
England vs. South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final 2019: England and South Africa are currently the most strong rugby sides. South Africa won their third World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday, defeating England 32-12 with a ruthlessly efficient offensive effort. The match ended in controversial circumstances as well, with CJ Stander appearing to knock out Elliot Daly with a punch from behind after he had been knocked down by George Kruis.
The final score indicates that both teams were very close to each other in terms of quality. England played aggressively and scored several tries through Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade while South Africa relied heavily on the boot of Francois van der Merwe who scored four consecutive penalties during one sequence early in the first half. In the end, it was the former team's physicality that proved to be more effective as they managed to hold on to their ball possession for long periods which eventually led to them scoring some nice tries.
They are also the only team to have won an away match between the two teams, having done it 14 times in Scotland. South Africa has won each of their seven home games. South Africa has dominated since its re-admission to rugby in 1992, winning 17 of the 19 meetings between the two.
The last time these two teams met was in the quarter-finals of the 1995/96 Rugby World Cup. The match ended in a 20-20 draw. This was followed by a series of matches known as the "BidforBread Cup", which saw Scotland win three and lose one out of four matches played against South Africa. In addition, Scotland won the 2000 Five Nations Championship under the management of Steve Borthwick.
Since then, Scotland and South Africa have not met at any level of international rugby. However, both countries will be competing at the 2015 World Cup in England. South Africa will play Australia, France, and England, while Scotland will take on Japan, Nigeria, and Wales.
Here is a list of all the previous meetings between Scotland and South Africa:
June 15, 1883 - Scotland wins 24-3 in Edinburgh
November 16, 1888 - Scotland wins 7-3 in Dundee
February 8, 1893 - Scotland wins 9-3 in London