The great Springbok-All Black rivalry

Date published: July 25 2015

The latest episode of rugby's greatest rivalry will play out at Ellis Park as the Springboks host the All Blacks.

A handful of other rivalries around the world could match this fixture for intensity and passion, but none beats it for quality.

Indeed, having been consistently ranked number 1 and 2 in the world for the vast majority of the professional era, clashes between these double world champions have become the benchmark for performance in the sport.

In the build up to this weekend's clash, the comments coming from the opposing captains highlighted the importance of this rivalry for both of these great rugby nations.

"It doesn't get any bigger than this, facing the All Blacks at Ellis Park," said South African captain Schalk Burger at Friday's captain's press conference.

"Playing rugby in the garden as youngsters, it was always the Boks against the All Blacks. But this is obviously different and it will be a very tight fixture between the two top ranked sides in the world."

New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw said facing the Springboks in Johannesburg is the "ultimate challenge" for an All Black.

"We've been coming here for the past four years and whether it's been at Soccer City or Ellis Park we have considered these games against the Springboks to be the toughest," he said. 

South Africa v New Zealand facts and stats

  • South Africa and New Zealand have played each other 89 times since 1921
  • The average score in these game is 19-16 in favour of the All Blacks
  • These rivals have clashed at Ellis Park on six occasions in the professional era and these matches have aggregated 390 points or an average of 65.
  • The Springboks are aiming for back-to-back victories over the All Blacks for the first time since September 2009.
  • The Springboks have lost two of their last four Tests in Johannesburg, this coming after a run of eight straight wins at the venue.
  • There have been four individual try braces scored in the last four Tests between the sides, including two in one game (the other match saw two tries in total). 
  • Each of the last six Tests between these sides have seen at least one try scored in the opening quarter.
Head to Head
  Matches Won Draw Lost Win% For  Against Tries
South Africa     89   35    3   51   39% 1392   1718  137
New Zealand     89   51    3   35   57% 1718   1392







Head to Head Averages in the Rugby Championship: 

Recent previous results:

2014: South Africa won 27-25 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
2014: New Zealand won 14-10 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2013: New Zealand won 32-16 at Eden Park, Auckand
2012: New Zealand won 32-16 at Soccer City, Johannesburg
2012: New Zealand won 21-11 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
2011: South Africa won 18-5 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
2011: New Zealand won 40-7 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2010: New Zealand won 29-22 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
2010: New Zealand won 31-17 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2010: New Zealand won 32-12 at Eden Park, Auckland
2009: South Africa won 32-29 at Rugby Park, Hamilton
2009: South Africa won 31-19 at Absa Stadium, Durban
2009: South Africa won 28-19 at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2008: New Zealand won 19-0 at Newlands
2008: South Africa won 30-28 at Carisbrook, Dunedin
2008: New Zealand won 19-8 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

With thanks to Opta for the statistics