Springboks coach apologises to nation for shock Japan defeat

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Their unlikely lead did not last long, however, with hooker Bismarck Du Plessis the man diving over to give South Africa a narrow advantage at half-time.

“It’s hard to recreate that culture we had in “95 – ‘one team, one nation” – but I’m sure Heyneke Meyer will ensure they have the right culture in camp, the right players with talent, and the vision to see that we can win the World Cup”. “I look to the opinions of my fellow team mates”.

France could regain its flair and put Italy to the sword in its Pool D opener at Twickenham if coach Philippe Saint-Andre’s efforts to relieve the pressure work.

“Our focus is just to win this Test match and we’re looking forward to the challenge”, said Loubscher.

“The way we’ve been scrumming lately has added to our confidence and if we take it up another notch against South Africa, it will do wonders for our self-belief”, said prop Keita Inagaki. I have never been back to a rugby stadium since that day.

Du Preez is an expert at dictating the pace of a game, while they have three strong options at fly half, offering the elusive running of Handre Pollard, the consistency and tactical kicking of Lambie and Morne Steyn’s calmness under pressure.

Brenden Nel writes for Supersport in South Africa.

“The knowledge of the way he wants to play, that’s the most important thing”.

But transformation in rugby would not mean stealing the sport away from anyone.

“We don’t have a lot of big players, but he’s been playing professionally since 1997”. The NRU was formed in March 1990 and joined the global Rugby Board (IRB) that same month. The Southern Hemisphere’s Anglo-Saxon teams are more structured.

Respected columnist and author Dan Retief said South Africa can win the World Cup, but probably will not.

“I’ve had bad luck but what’s in the past, is in the past”, he said as South Africa arrived at the weekend for the 2015 edition in England.

In order for all of this to happen though, there needs to be commitment from the very top.

The age old South African colour question

Pieter-Steph du Toit, better known as a lock, takes Alberts’ place on the side of the scrum in a Boks team that has been beset by injuries all year but had reported a fully fit squad at the start of the week.


Siphumelele Zondi is the creator, senior producer and anchor of a technology news programme called Network on the SABC News Channel.

Japan head coach Eddie Jones is refusing to rule out the possibility that his underdogs can slay South Africa