Scotland v South Africa

Sunday 10 November, kick-off 4.10pm, Scottish Gas Murrayfield

A jewel of a fixture, against the reigning world champion Springboks, who last year successfully defended a title they won in Japan in 2019 with a thrilling defeat of the much-fancied All Blacks in Paris.

The challenge doesn’t get much bigger than facing the Springboks, the only team to win the Rugby World Cup four times. Stacked with household names like Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Faf de Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe, South Africa will travel to Scottish Gas Murrayfield aiming to protect an eight-match winning streak against Scotland, which includes last year’s 18-3 Rugby World Cup Pool B victory in Marseille.

Scotland’s last success against the Springboks came in 2010, when stand-off Dan Parks landed a perfect six penalties from six, and a drop goal for good measure, in a 21-17 triumph.  Despite it being 14 years since that last win against South Africa, five Scots (Price, van der Merwe, Sutherland, Hogg and Watson) featured for the British & Irish Lions in their opening Test match win in against the Springboks in Cape Town in 2021.

It’s been three years since South Africa were last here, when two wonderful Stuart Hogg tries equalled Scotland Men’s try-scoring record, although such heroics weren’t enough to help the side to victory. A huge game in prospect this November!

Hamish Watson scoring against South Africa, November 2018

Recent Scotland results against South Africa

10/09/2023 South Africa 18 3 Scotland L RWC’23
13/11/2021 Scotland 15 30 South Africa L
17/11/2018 Scotland 20 26 South Africa L
03/10/2015 South Africa 34 16 Scotland L RWC’15
28/06/2014 South Africa 55 6 Scotland L
17/11/2013 Scotland 0 28 South Africa L
15/06/2013 South Africa 30 17 Scotland L
17/11/2012 Scotland 10 21 South Africa L
20/11/2010 Scotland 21 17 South Africa W
15/11/2008 Scotland 10 14 South Africa L

Classic Encounter

Scotland 20 – 26 South Africa
17 November 2018
Scottish Gas Murrayfield

Both teams scored two tries each, with Scotland’s first one of the great tries seen at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, coming shortly after the Springboks opened the scoring with a classic of their own.

Watch all the tries in the Match Highlights.


Next year Scottish Gas Murrayfield will be marking its 100th anniversary, and as part of the birthday celebrations Scottish Rugby is building a treasure trove of fans’ memories. If you were at this game – or any other at the stadium over the years – we want to hear from you! You can share your share and memories, together with any all old photos and videos if you have them, via the Murrayfield Memories page on this website.

Peter Horne finishing off one of the great tries at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, November 2018

South Africa: Recent Form

Rugby World Cup
28/10/2023 New Zealand 11 12 South Africa W Final
21/10/2023 England 15 16 South Africa W Semi-Final
15/10/2023 France 28 29 South Africa W Quarter-Final
01/10/2023 South Africa 49 8 Tonga W
23/09/2023 South Africa 8 13 Ireland L
17/09/2023 South Africa 76 0 Romania W
10/09/2023 South Africa 18 3 Scotland W
RWC Warm-ups
25/08/2023 New Zealand 7 35 South Africa W
19/08/2023 Wales 16 52 South Africa W
05/08/2023 Argentina 13 24 South Africa W

Matchday Information

To find out everything you need to know when planning your visit to Scottish Gas Murrayfield go to the Scotland Matchday Information page on this website. More specific information for the this November’s Autumn Nations Series games (e.g. entertainment, timings etc.) will be posted on these pages closer to the event.

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