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Sep 17, 2015

Rugby-Wary South Africa unsure of Japanese threat

EASTBOURNE, England, Sept 17 (Reuters) – A wary South Africa are unsure of what lies in wait for them when they take on Japan but are conscious of the need for a bright start in their opening Rugby World Cup game in Brighton on Saturday.

It is a first meeting between the two countries and for the twice winners a trip into the unknown, leaving them without any of the expected swagger ahead of the Pool B match at the Brighton Community Stadium.

Sep 16, 2015

Du Preez offers insight into Japanese club mates

EASTBOURNE, England (Reuters) – Returning scrum half Fourie du Preez has played an important part in preparing South Africa for their opening Rugby World Cup clash with Japan by offering special insight on the opponents.

The veteran half back, back in the Springbok match-day 23 for the first time in more than a year, plays his club rugby in Japan and has been warning teammates to expect a feisty challenge in Brighton on Saturday, as well as assisting the tactical planning.

Sep 16, 2015

Rugby-Du Preez offers insight into Japanese club mates

EASTBOURNE, England, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Returning scrum half Fourie du Preez has played an important part in preparing South Africa for their opening Rugby World Cup clash with Japan by offering special insight on the opponents.

The veteran half back, back in the Springbok match-day 23 for the first time in more than a year, plays his club rugby in Japan and has been warning teammates to expect a feisty challenge in Brighton on Saturday, as well as assisting the tactical planning.

Sep 16, 2015

Captain De Villiers returns for South Africa

EASTBOURNE, England (Reuters) – Captain Jean de Villiers will return to the South Africa team after a broken jaw in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Japan on Saturday.

The 34-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in November against Wales and in his comeback test against Argentina last month broke his jaw.

Sep 16, 2015

Rugby-Captain De Villiers returns for South Africa

EASTBOURNE, England, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Captain Jean de Villiers will return to the South Africa team after a broken jaw in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Japan on Saturday.

The 34-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in November against Wales and in his comeback test against Argentina last month broke his jaw.

Sep 15, 2015

Near-death experience gives South African Burger perspective

EASTBOURNE, England (Reuters) – Rugby World Cup fever might be all-pervading on the eve of the tournament but a brush with death has given South Africa’s Schalk Burger a more measured outlook, he said on Tuesday.

The fiery blond-haired flanker, voted the world’s top player in 2004, lay in a critical condition in hospital just over two years ago with bacterial meningitis after having a cyst removed.

Sep 15, 2015

Bok flyhalf rivals bring out the best in each other

EASTBOURNE, England (Reuters) – Rivalry for the flyhalf position in the South African side has brought out the best in all three candidates for the job, the most recent incumbent Pat Lambie said on Tuesday.

Who gets picked for the number 10 jersey for the Springboks’ opening game at the Rugby World Cup against Japan in Brighton on Saturday has been a matter of much conjecture.

Sep 15, 2015

Rugby-Near-death experience gives S. African Burger perspective

EASTBOURNE, England, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Rugby World Cup fever might be all-pervading on the eve of the tournament but a brush with death has given South Africa’s Schalk Burger a more measured outlook, he said on Tuesday.

The fiery blond-haired flanker, voted the world’s top player in 2004, lay in a critical condition in hospital just over two years ago with bacterial meningitis after having a cyst removed.

Sep 15, 2015

Rugby-Bok flyhalf rivals bring out the best in each other

EASTBOURNE, England, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Rivalry for the flyhalf position in the South African side has brought out the best in all three candidates for the job, the most recent incumbent Pat Lambie said on Tuesday.

Who gets picked for the number 10 jersey for the Springboks’ opening game at the Rugby World Cup against Japan in Brighton on Saturday has been a matter of much conjecture.

Sep 15, 2015

Rugby-South Africa have what it takes to win Cup, says Du Plessis

EASTBOURNE, England, Sept 15 (Reuters) – South Africa have every chance to win the Rugby World Cup even if few outside their camp fancy their credentials, hooker Bismarck du Plessis said on Tuesday.

Du Plessis, one of the survivors of the Springboks’ 2007 World Cup winning side, said South Africa had the depth of playing talent to emerge victorious at the end of next month despite their results in the build-up being far from convincing.