Cape Town - Eight key stats and facts ahead of the Springboks v All Blacks 2019 Rugby World Cup blockbuster in Yokohama on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 11:45 SA time.


Saturday's match will be the 99th Test between the two countries.

New Zealand have won 16 of their last 20 Tests against South Africa (D1, L3).

Each of their last four meetings have been decided by a margin of no greater than two points, including a 16-16 draw in their most recent clash.

New Zealand and South Africa have clashed four times previously in Rugby World Cup history, all of those matches coming in the knock-out stages with the spoils split at two wins apiece. The All Blacks have won the most recent two meetings.

New Zealand have won their last 14 Rugby World Cup games on the trot, the longest winning run by any side in the tournament’s history, with those victories coming by an average margin of 30 points.

The All Blacks have never lost a pool stage game in Rugby World Cup history, winning all 28 such fixtures, South Africa themselves have only lost two of 22 matches in the pool stage (2003 v England, 2015 v Japan).

South Africa have lost three of their last eight Rugby World Cup fixtures, as many as they had lost in their 28 World Cup fixtures prior.

New Zealand have scored at least one try in each of their last 26 Rugby World Cup matches, the longest such run by any team in the tournament. The All Blacks last failed to cross the tryline in a Rugby World Cup match back in 1999 ... against South Africa.


Compiled by Garrin Lambley