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The players, teams , issues involved with the Rugby World Cup 2015


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How to be a victim of Quotas.

Rudy Paige has been chosen for the 2015 Springbok 31 man squad for the Rugby World Cup ahead of Cobus Reinach and Francois Hougaard. This is after Reinach had featured in the matchday 23 in the last four Springbok tests before the announcement of the 31 man squad for the 2015 RWC while Paige has featured in none. Paige has been part of the Springbok squad for the last 3 months without getting a minute of test rugby. Continue reading


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Heyneke Meyer I thought you were different.

The mistakes that I have seen being made by many Springbok coaches before Heyneke Meyer’s appointment are now once again being made by the Springbok coach.

After a disappointing loss to Ireland HM assured the press that all the changes he was making was not a knee jerk reaction but just a case of rotating players in his squad. Why then has Handre Pollard and Francois Hougaard not started since the Ireland test?

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Lancaster will get England to target the Springbok scrum.

Stuart Lancaster may have been hoping for 4 wins out of 4 in the Autumn internationals. The loss to the All Blacks England can take on the chin. Stuart Lancaster would have been targeting the match against South Africa as one to win. Continue reading


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Will England win at Twickenham or will it be the Springboks?

It is midday on Thursday 13 November 2014. South Africa are due to face England at Twickenham on Saturday the 15th of November. It definitely feels like the calm before the storm.

The Teams are set to go. Semesa Rokoduguni is out with a hip injury and Anthony Watson is in for his first start for England.

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