South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has named an unchanged match-day 23 to face England in their Rugby World Cup 2023 semi-final at Stade de France on Saturday, 21 October, with the same starting XV and replacements that beat France at the same venue in the quarter-finals. Cobus Reinach and Duane Vermeulen keep their places at scrum-half and number eight respectively.

1 Steven Kitshoff
2 Mbongeni Mbonambi
3 Frans Malherbe
4 Eben Etzebeth
5 Franco Mostert
6 Siya Kolisi (c)
7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
8 Duane Vermeulen
9 Cobus Reinach
10 Manie Libbok
11 Cheslin Kolbe
12 Damian de Allende
13 Jesse Kriel
14 Kurt-Lee Arendse
15 Damian Willemse

16 Deon Fourie
17 Ox Nche
18 Vincent Koch
19 RG Snyman
20 Kwagga Smith
21 Faf de Klerk 
22 Handre Pollard
23 Willie Le Roux

•    There are six players in this match-day team who have played in each of South Africa's past two Rugby World Cup semi-finals, in 2015 and 2019: Willie Le Roux, Damian de Allende, Handre Pollard, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, and Duane Vermeulen. 
•    This is the third time since 2021 they have named a 5-3 (forwards-to-backs) split on the bench against England after choosing a 6-2 split for the RWC 2019 final. 
•    There are 13 survivors in this match-day squad from the RWC 2019 final, including eight named to start both games - Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe and Siya Kolisi.
•    Eben Etzebeth has scored three of his six career tries across his past eight matches, after crossing just three times across his first 110 tests played. He has made the most dominant tackles (7) of any Springbok at RWC 2023. 
•    Kurt-Lee Arendse has scored 13 tries in 13 tests for the South Africa since making his debut in June 2022, including in the quarter-final against France. 
•    Siya Kolisi will equal John Smit for most games as South Africa captain at the Rugby World Cup in his 11th test in charge.  
•    Manie Libbok has put up the second-most high kicks of any player at RWC2023 with 10, enjoying a retention success-rate of 30%. He has only played 20 minutes of test rugby against England, coming off the bench in their 27-13 victory at Twickenham last year. 
•    Handre Pollard, the replacement fly-half for this match, scored 22 points in the RWC2019 final against England with six penalty goals and two conversions.  
•    Handre Pollard has kicked 100 per cent of his goal at RWC2023 and has kicked his past 11 goal attempts at Stade de France dating back to 2017.