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Australia v South Africa Rugby Championship UK kick-off time, TV channel, live stream info and team news

South Africa and Australia lock horns again on Sunday as the 2021 Rugby Championship continues in Brisbane.

Quade Cooper’s last-gasp penalty shocked the world champions last week on the Gold Coast as the Wallabies snatched a late victory.

Jacques Nienaber’s side will now be seeking retribution after last week’s defeat – setting up a fascinating battle.

Here’s everything you need to know about the match:

When is South Africa v Australia? What time is kick-off?

Australia v South Africa takes place on Saturday, September 18, at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The match kicks off at 8.05am UK time.

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What TV channel is South Africa v Australia on? What about live streaming?

For viewers in the UK, South Africa v Australia will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event, with coverage beginning at 7.15am on Arena and 8am on Main Event. Sky Sports customers are able to live stream the coverage via the Sky Go app or online.

How to watch the game if you don’t have Sky Sports

You can watch Sky Sports without subscribing by getting a NOW TV Sports membership.

You can buy a day membership (£9.98) to Sky Sports to watch on your TV, phone and tablet, while monthly passes are also available. You can buy these passes from the NOW website.

What’s the South Africa v Australia team news?

Nic White returns to the Wallabies starting XV for the second Rugby Championship Test against South Africa inside a week, while Quade Cooper’s match-winning performance against the world champions last weekend has ensured he starts again.

The experienced White gets the nod alongside Cooper at halfback in the only change to Australia’s back line, earning his first start for a year after replacing Tate McDermott, who suffered a shin injury, at half-time on Sunday.

Skipper Michael Hooper will surpass George Gregan for the most Tests as captain in his 60th match wearing the armband when he runs out at Suncorp Stadium in a settled backrow alongside Lachlan Swinton at blindside flanker and No 8 Rob Valetini.

In the front row, Taniela Tupou will also start – for just the second time in 2021 – against the Springboks at his home ground, where the Wallabies are undefeated since 2016, winning eight straight Tests at the Brisbane stronghold. Tupou is joined by the returning James Slipper and Folau Fainga’a at hooker.

The Springboks, who has won both their opening Rugby Championship games against Argentina – have resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes.

Coach Jacques Nienaber brought in Marvin Orie to replace lock Lood de Jager, and Trevor Nyakane was named at loosehead prop.

Australia : Tom Banks; Andrew Kellaway, Len Ikitau, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Quade Cooper, Nic White; James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Taniela Topou, Izack Rodda, Matt Phillip, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini.

Reps : Feleti Kaitu’u, Angus Bell, Tom Robertson, Darcy Swain, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia.

South Africa : Willie le Roux; Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi; Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Trevor Nyakana, Bongo Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Marvin Orie, Siya Kolisi (c), Franco Mostert, Duane Vermeulen.

Reps : Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse.

Who is the South Africa v Australia referee?

Matthew Carley (England) has been appointed the match referee.

Englishman Luke Pearce and Rugby Australia’s Graham Cooper are his assistants.

Australia’s Brett Cronan will be the TMO.

What have the coaches said?

Australia head coach Dave Rennie: “It’s not just game day, it’s the way they’re training, they’re preparing. He (Quade Cooper) looked sharp and we were confidant Quade was ready to go.

“We’re not scared of making courageous decisions. We’ve got to back ourselves if we think they’re the right person.

“We were really proud of the effort from our men last Sunday and we’re well aware of the ferocity that a wounded Springboks outfit will bring to Suncorp Stadium.”

South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber: “Australia were desperate to win last week and it showed in the way they played.

“We know what we are capable of as a team and we created sufficient opportunities to win last week, but we didn’t capitalise on them.

“So, we back our systems and structures and it is now a matter of being as effective as possible in executing our plan.”

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