South Africa vs Canada

South Africa vs Canada : South Africa can all-but confirm their place in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup with a bonus-point win over Canada on Tuesday morning.

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The Springboks take on the Canadians in Kobe, just four days after beating Italy 49-3 on Italy.

Unsurprisingly, head coach Rassie Erasmus has rung the changes for the clash, making 13 in total as he looks to keep his side fresh for the knockout stages.

Damian Willemse will notably fill in at full-back, less than a week after arriving in Japan as a late injury replacement for Jesse Kriel.

Meanwhile, Canada full-back Andrew Coe, their only player to have scored a try in Japan, will make his first World Cup start. The 23-year-old scored after coming on for the last 18 minutes of the 48-7 defeat by Italy.

Can I stream it?
You can live stream the match via the ITV Hub on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Alternatively, ITV4 will be providing coverage.

What time does it start?
South Africa vs Canada kicks off at 7.15pm Japan Standard Time, which is 11.15am BST, on Tuesday 8 October.

South Africa XV: Willemse, Gelant, De Allende, Steyn, Nkosi; Jantjies, Reinach; T Du Toit, Brits, Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Kolisi (capt), Smith, Louw.

Canada XV: Coe; Hassler, Trainor, Hearn, Van der Merwe; Nelson, Mack; Buydens, Quattrin, Ilnicki, Olmstead, Baillie, Rumball, Heaton, Ardron (capt).

SuperSport is the South African broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup, while TSN have the Canadian rights.While Canada has faced New Zealand in three of the last five Rugby World Cups, they’ve faced South Africa only once in the quadrennial tournament, in a game still known as the Battle of Boet Eramus, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1995.

They also faced each other in a June tour match in 2000, the Springboks winning 51-18. On Tuesday (3:15 a.m. PDT, TSN) at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Canadians and South Africans will do battle for just the third time in their respective rugby histories.

The 1995 game lives somewhat in infamy because of a full-on brawl which led to multiple suspensions on both teams, opening the door for the South Africans to call up Chester Williams, the winger who went on to capture the imagination of a country that was trying to unify itself after four decades of racist rule.

The South Africans went on to win the tournament and Williams’ role as the lone player of colour on the team is now legendary. Even non-rugby fans may know the story through the 1995 film Invictus, which profiled the efforts of president Nelson Mandel to unify his country behind the national rugby team.

South Africa have long been a rugby power. After the end of apartheid, global rugby’s leadership saw an obvious chance to have their sport play a role in helping South Africa move into a new era; they also, of course, saw a chance to hit a home run in terms of fan interest.

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