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Rugby World Cup 2023 schedule: Final and third-place play-off fixtures, dates and kick-off times

Everything you need to know as New Zealand and South Africa face off in the final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Lawrence Ostlere
Sunday 22 October 2023 16:04 BST
Rugby World Cup trophy displayed on top of the Arc de Triomphe

Replacement flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked a last-gasp penalty as South Africa somehow found a way to get past a dominant England on Saturday and claim a 16-15 victory that sent them into a World Cup final against fellow triple champions New Zealand.

The defending champions looked on the verge of defeat as England's kicking game kept them pegged back in their own half on a rainy Paris night, but they hit back with a try by RG Snyman before replacement Pollard landed a penalty from the halfway line to snatch victory.

The two super powers of the sport will meet in the final for the second time, after South Africa triumphed on home soil in 1995 in their first appearance at the tournament.

While England will now contend a third-place play-off against Argentina. Here are all the details for the final two matches of a gripping tournament in France.Get all the Rugby World Cup odds here.

What were the semi-final results?

Argentina 6-44 New Zealand

South Africa 16-15 England, 8pm BST

When is the Rugby World Cup final?

The tournament began in Paris on 8 September with the host nation facing New Zealand, and will conclude with the final, also at the capital city’s Stade de France, on 28 October, between holders South Africa and the All Blacks, kicking off at 8pm UK time at the Stade de France in Paris.

When is the Rugby World Cup third-place play-off?

While England and Argentina will contend a match for the ‘bronze medal’, on 27 October at 8pm UK time, also at the Stade de France in Paris.

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