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Published 24/10/2015

Jerome Kaino of the New Zealand All Blacks scores the opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jerome Kaino of the New Zealand All Blacks scores the opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by South Africa's Damian de Allende (right) during the Rugby World Cup, Semi Final at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Dan Carter of the New Zealand All Blacks lines up a kick during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Beauden Barrett of the New Zealand All Blacks scores the second New Zealand try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Bryan Habana of South Africa sits in the sin bin after he received a yellow card during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Dan Carter of the New Zealand All Blacks kicks a drop goal past the block of Francois Louw of South Africa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Nehe Milner-Skudder of the New Zealand All Blacks is tackled by Willie Le Roux of South Africa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Jerome Kaino of the New Zealand All Blacks walks off towards the sin bin aftter he receives a yellow card from referee Jerome Garces during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Dan Carter of the New Zealand All Blacks lines up a kick during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Bryan Habana of South Africa receives a high tackle and wins a penalty during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Jesse Kriel of South Africa is tackled by Ben Smith of the New Zealand All Blacks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Schalk Burger of South Africa takes on Jerome Kaino of the New Zealand All Blacks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Dan Carter kicks the ball high away from the onrushing South Africa's Handre Pollard (left) during the Rugby World Cup, Semi Final at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION
New Zealand fans pose prior to a semi-final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest London, on October 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
South Africa's and New Zaland's players line up before a semi-final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest London, on October 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
New Zealand's centre Ma'a Nonu warms up before a semi-final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest London, on October 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
South Africa and New Zealand fans wearing flags before the Rugby World Cup, Semi Final at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION
A South Africa looks on prior to a semi-final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest London, on October 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
South Africa fans with painted faces before the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
The South Africa team huddle prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
South Africa's wing Bryan Habana warms up before a semi-final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest London, on October 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
South African Rugby fans sign their national anthem by a statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square with the 1995 wining squad during a run through the capital early on October 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Julian Savea of the All Blacks passes during a New Zealand All Blacks Captain's Run at Twickenham Stadium on October 23, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks go into this afternoon's semi final clash as favourites after hammering France last week.

The clash of the two big titans of the Southern Hemisphere will bring an end to the hopes of one team to claim a third World Cup as South Africa and New Zealand clash at Twickenham.

It’s a big game for…

Richie McCaw: The All Black skipper is nearly at the end of his long career and with this semi-final fixture, he reaches yet another landmark. Having become the first man to captain a side for 100 matches, he will become the first man to captain his side for 12 matches in the World Cup.

He now overtakes England duo Martin Johnson and Will Carling, Raphael Ibanez of France, John Smit of South Africa and Wales's Sam Warburton who have all skippered 11 matches.

Best stat…

1/5: This is the proportion of matches South Africa have played against the All Blacks out of their total games with an aggregate points score of 1745 v 1412 in New Zealand's favour. The two sides have played in 90 matches since 1921. Through the years, New Zealand have won 52 of the contests, South Africa 35, with three draws.

Remember when…

South Africa won at the death at Ellis Park? In a thrilling contest, the lead exchanged hands three times, with the Springboks leading the way for most of the game. Tries by Ben Smith and Dan Cole in the second half gave a two point lead to the Kiwi’s with 14 minutes left to go, until Liam Messam failed to use his arms in the tackle.

Past three-meetings…

South Africa 20 (le Roux, Kriel) - New Zealand 27 (Smith, Coles, McCaw) Rugby Championship July 2015.

South Africa 27 (Hougaard, Pollard (2)) - New Zealand 25 (Fekitoa, Smith, Coles) Rugby Championship October 2014.

New Zealand 14 (McCaw) - South Africa 10 (Hendricks) Rugby Championship September 2014.

 

Road to the semi-final…

South Africa: LWWWW

New Zealand: WWWWW

 

Vital information…

Kick-off: 16.00 Saturday 24th October.

TV: Live on ITV, highlights on ITV.

Teams:

South Africa: Willie le Roux; JP Pietersen, Jesse Kriel, Damian De Allende, Bryan Habana; Handre Pollard, Fourie du Preez (captain); Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Francois Louw; Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Jannie du Plessis, Victor Matfield, Willem Alberts, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan Serfontein.

New Zealand: Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read; Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ben Smith.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.

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