France vs Springboks: Prediction, kick off time and teams for Saturday 12 November 2022

It’s week two of the international rugby window in the Northern Hemisphere, as the Autumn internationals take centre stage with the Springboks seeking a first win.

South Africa are in Paris to take on France, while New Zealand’s All Blacks tackle Scotland and England host Japan.

World Rugby number one-ranked Ireland are at home to Fiji, with Australia heading to Italy and Wales welcoming Argentina to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

International Rugby: France vs South Africa – kick off 22.00 SAST

South Africa are out to kickstart their Northern Hemisphere international rugby tour at the second attempt on Saturday night, as they face a crunch date with France in Paris.

The World Cup winners meet the next tournament hosts at the Stade de France with the pair falling either side of narrow opening results last weekend.

Jacques Nienaber’s Springboks were 19-16 losers to World Rugby number one-ranked Ireland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

A late Kurt-Lee Arendse try added a bit of tension to the last few minutes, but the hosts were good value for their victory over the error-prone Boks.

Les Bleus weren’t short on drama on home turf against Australia, with tries from Julien Marchand and Damian Penaud just, but only just, enough to see them to a 30-29 success over the Wallabies.

Willie le Roux returns at full-back as Nienaber seeks out the winning formula, with Cheslin Kolbe expected to take on the kicking duties and Faf de Klerk coming in at scrum-half.

Ox Nche and Bongi Mbonambi are included from kick off in the front row.

French coach Fabien Galthie has pretty well kept faith with the squad that squeaked past the Australians a week ago, although Bastien Chalureau and Reda Wardi are primed to make their debuts from the bench.

France Starting XV: 15 Thomas Ramos; 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Yoram Moefana; 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont (captain); 8 Gregory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Anthony Jelonch; 5 Thibaud Flament, 4 Cameron Woki; 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille.

Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Reda Wardi, 18 Sipili Falatea, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Bastien Chalureau, 21 Sekou Macalou, 22 Maxime Lucu, 23 Matthieu Jalibert.

South Africa Starting XV: 15 Willie le Roux, 14  Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Makazole Mapimpi.

Rugby predictions for fixtures on 12 – 13 November 2022

There is plenty more international rugby to enjoy in Europe across the weekend.

Sunday’s fixture sees New Zealand go toe-to-toe with stuttering Scotland, with the All Blacks looking to make it two wins from two, while England seek a first victory of the window when they welcome Japan to Twickenham on Saturday.

Wales and Argentina meet for an intriguing clash in Cardiff, while Australia are in Italy and Ireland aim to back up their win over the Springboks in Dublin with Fiji rolling into town.

Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing. Score margins use the methodology developed by Rugby Vision.

Chance of winning (%)Points margin
Ireland98,132
Fiji1,9
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
Italy12,8
Australia87,116
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
England94,523
Japan5,5
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
Wales68,77
Argentina31,3
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
France51,11
South Africa48,9
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
Scotland19,8
New Zealand80,212
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
Ireland98,132
Fiji1,9
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
Italy12,9
Australia87,116
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
England94,523
Japan5,5
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
Wales68,77
Argentina31,3
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
France51,11
South Africa48,9
Chance of winning (%)Points margin
Scotland19,8
New Zealand80,212

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