What time is South Africa vs Ireland on today: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream and team news

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This Saturday, Ireland embarks on a momentous two-match test series against South Africa's Springboks.

In a high-stakes clash this weekend, the Irish squad, under the leadership of Andy Farrell, are pursuing an outstanding win despite their historical failure to secure victory in any games in the country. For Farrell, the challenge is viewed as a fantastic test for the Irish team, as well as a chance for growth.

"Travelling to South Africa to play a Test Series against the defending world champions provides no greater test for us, and it is another valuable opportunity for us to further grow and develop from the Guinness Six Nations," Farrell commented.

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Three uncapped players have been added to the Irish line-up: Jamie Osborne and Sam Prendergast from Leinster, notable for their performance record, and Cormac Izuchukwu from Ulster, achieving his first senior invitation. The starting team hasn't been announced by Farrell, but some adjustments to the squad that last faced Scotland in March are anticipated.

Meanwhile, Rassie Erasmus, Springboks' head coach, confirmed their team for Saturday's game, fielding a heavy-hitting group made up primarily of 2023 Rugby World Cup final starters. The three new starters are Willie le Roux, Kwagga Smith, and Ox Nche, who had previously played substitute roles against New Zealand; however, they will be starting Saturday's match in Pretoria.

As part of a renowned competitive rivalry, the two teams will face off twice over the summer in a test seriesthe first match-up taking place this Saturday in Pretoria, followed by the second finale match next Saturday in Durban.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming test match:.

Where is it taking place?

The game will be held at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.

What time does it start?

Kick-off is scheduled for 4PM Irish time. The local time in Pretoria will be 5PM.

How can I watch it?

Sky Sports has secured the rights to broadcast Ireland's Summer Test Series and will show the game live on Sky Sports Action. Coverage begins at 3:30 PM.

If you don't have a Sky subscription, you can stream the match live with a NOWTV day pass.

Who's playing?

Ireland: Jamie Osborne; Calvin Nash, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Joe McCarthy, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O'Mahony (capt), Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.

Replacements: Rónan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, James Ryan, Ryan Baird, Conor Murray, Ciarán Frawley, Garry Ringrose.

Betting odds

South Africa - 4/11

Draw - 17/1

Ireland - 12/5

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