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Sep 24, 2015

Rugby-Bok coach Meyer lauds Vermeulen commitment

BIRMINGHAM, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Duane Vermeulen has ignored medical advice just two months after a neck operation and will take his place in the South Africa line-up for Saturday’s game against Samoa in the Rugby World Cup at Villa Park.

It is the kind of passionate commitment coach Heyneke Meyer said he would like to see from more of his players.

Sep 23, 2015

South Africa can still win World Cup, says coach

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – South Africa can still win the Rugby World Cup this year, coach Heyneke Meyer declared on Wednesday as he rung the changes after Saturday’s shock defeat against Japan.

“I’ve been knocked down a few times in my life but mostly come back, so I still believe we can do it,” Meyer told a press conference in Birmingham. “But the players need to put up their hands, the coaching staff as well.

Sep 23, 2015

Rugby-South Africa can still win World Cup, says coach

BIRMINGHAM, Sept 23 (Reuters) – South Africa can still win the Rugby World Cup this year, coach Heyneke Meyer declared on Wednesday as he rung the changes after Saturday’s shock defeat against Japan.

“I’ve been knocked down a few times in my life but mostly come back, so I still believe we can do it,” Meyer told a press conference in Birmingham. “But the players need to put up their hands, the coaching staff as well.

Sep 23, 2015

South Africa make eight changes for Samoa match

BIRMINGHAM, England, (Reuters) – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer rung the changes on Wednesday as he named his side for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa but captain Jean de Villiers was spared the axe.

More than half the team from the shock 34-32 defeat by Japan in Brighton were dropped in a major overhaul as South Africa sought to deal with the fallout from the embarrassing setback in their opening match of the tournament.

Sep 23, 2015

Rugby-South Africa make eight changes for Samoa match

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 23 (Reuters) – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer rung the changes on Wednesday as he named his side for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa but captain Jean de Villiers was spared the axe.

More than half the team from the shock 34-32 defeat by Japan in Brighton were dropped in a major overhaul as South Africa sought to deal with the fallout from the embarrassing setback in their opening match of the tournament.

Sep 22, 2015

Habana warns Springboks about focus vs. Samoa

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 22 (Reuters) – – Mental focus must be much higher for South Africa as they anticipate a bruising clash with Samoa in their second Rugby World Cup Pool B match after the shock defeat by Japan, veteran winger Bryan Habana warned on Tuesday.

“Our mental capacity and focus must be both on a higher level and much improved,” he told reporters as the Springboks tried to pick themselves up after an embarrassing setback in which they lost 34-32 to Japan in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history.

Sep 22, 2015

Rugby-Habana warns Springboks about focus v Samoa

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Mental focus must be much higher for South Africa as they anticipate a bruising clash with Samoa in their second Rugby World Cup Pool B match after the shock defeat by Japan, veteran winger Bryan Habana warned on Tuesday.

“Our mental capacity and focus must be both on a higher level and much improved,” he told reporters as the Springboks tried to pick themselves up after an embarrassing setback in which they lost 34-32 to Japan in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history.

Sep 22, 2015

Rugby-South Africa captain De Villiers faces the axe

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Speculation over the possible axing of South African captain Jean de Villiers swirled around the team on the eve of their team announcement for the Rugby World Cup Pool B game against Samoa on Saturday.

The veteran centre, who has 108 caps and will end his career after the tournament, was among players who bore the brunt of a harsh dressing down from coach Heyneke Meyer following South Africa’s shock loss to Japan in Brighton on Saturday.

Sep 22, 2015

Wounded South Africa focus on ‘new day’ in redemption bid

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – South Africa adopted a new mantra on Tuesday and drew a football analogy as they sought to put behind them the embarrassment of defeat by Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match.

“It’s a new day and a new game,” assistant coach Johann van Graan said at the start of a news conference in which the theme of redemption and fresh starts dominated.

Sep 22, 2015

Rugby-Wounded South Africa focus on ‘new day’ in redemption bid

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 22 (Reuters) – South Africa adopted a new mantra on Tuesday and drew a soccer analogy as they sought to put behind them the embarrassment of defeat by Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match.

“It’s a new day and a new game,” assistant coach Johann van Graan said at the start of a news conference in which the theme of redemption and fresh starts dominated.