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Oct 23, 2015

Du Preez out to extend winning record against All Blacks

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand might be the most dominant team in the history of rugby but when they come up against South Africa scrumhalf Fourie du Preez they suddenly become mere mortals.

Since winning the 2011 World Cup the All Blacks have lost only three, and drawn two, of their 52 games for a winning percentage of over 90 percent, and are in the high 70s throughout their history.

Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Du Preez out to extend winning record against All Blacks

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – New Zealand might be the most dominant team in the history of rugby but when they come up against South Africa scrumhalf Fourie du Preez they suddenly become mere mortals.

Since winning the 2011 World Cup the All Blacks have lost only three, and drawn two, of their 52 games for a winning percentage of over 90 percent, and are in the high 70s throughout their history.

Oct 22, 2015

Burger takes All Blacks in his stride after brush with death

LONDON (Reuters) – On Saturday afternoon millions of television viewers, 80,000 Twickenham fans and 45 players will have a flutter of nerves as South Africa and New Zealand prepare for their World Cup semi-final — but not Springbok flanker Schalk Burger.

Not because he does not care about the outcome — ask any of his opponents over his 12-year Springbok career about that — and not because he is unused to a big match atmosphere — this is a man who has won a World Cup final and helped his country beat the British and Irish Lions.

Oct 22, 2015

Rugby-Burger takes All Blacks in his stride after brush with death

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – On Saturday afternoon millions of television viewers, 80,000 Twickenham fans and 45 players will have a flutter of nerves as South Africa and New Zealand prepare for their World Cup semi-final — but not Springbok flanker Schalk Burger.

Not because he does not care about the outcome — ask any of his opponents over his 12-year Springbok career about that — and not because he is unused to a big match atmosphere — this is a man who has won a World Cup final and helped his country beat the British and Irish Lions.

Oct 21, 2015

Matfield primed to see Springboks through at the death

GUILDFORD, England (Reuters) – When Victor Matfield decided to drag his battered body out of retirement last year it was an occasion such as Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand that persuaded him to take that long, hard and often painful road back to fitness.

Already a veteran of three World Cups and man of the match in the Springboks’ triumph over England in the 2007 final, Matfield bowed out after the 2011 tournament with his place as one of his country’s greatest players already secure.

Oct 21, 2015

Rugby-Matfield primed to see Springboks through at the death

GUILDFORD, England, Oct 21 (Reuters) – When Victor Matfield decided to drag his battered body out of retirement last year it was an occasion such as Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand that persuaded him to take that long, hard and often painful road back to fitness.

Already a veteran of three World Cups and man of the match in the Springboks’ triumph over England in the 2007 final, Matfield bowed out after the 2011 tournament with his place as one of his country’s greatest players already secure.

Oct 21, 2015

This All Black team is the sport’s best ever, says Meyer

GUILDFORD, England (Reuters) – Heyneke Meyer rated the current New Zealand side as probably the best team in the history of the game but South Africa’s coach remained confident his men could take them down in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final.

“Just look at their record the last four years. Usually after the World Cup there’s a decline in performance but they just got better, which just doesn’t happen in world rugby,” Meyer told reporters on Wednesday after naming an unchanged team for the Twickenham clash.

Oct 21, 2015

Rugby-Meyer desperate to buy Hansen more beer

GUILDFORD, England Oct 21 (Reuters) – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is 6-1 down to his All Black opposite number Steve Hansen — in matches and beer buying.

Should the Springboks upset the odds and beat their biggest rivals in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final at Twickenham he will be more than happy to make up the drinking difference in one hit.

Oct 21, 2015

Rugby-This All Black team is the sport’s best ever, says Meyer

GUILDFORD, England, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Heyneke Meyer rated the current New Zealand side as probably the best team in the history of the game but South Africa’s coach remained confident his men could take them down in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final.

“Just look at their record the last four years. Usually after the World Cup there’s a decline in performance but they just got better, which just doesn’t happen in world rugby,” Meyer told reporters on Wednesday after naming an unchanged team for the Twickenham clash.

Oct 21, 2015

Springboks unchanged for New Zealand, Matfield on bench

GUILDFORD, England (Reuters) – South Africa have named an unchanged starting lineup for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday, but recalled veteran lock Victor Matfield to the bench in anticipation of a hugely tense last quarter.

The 38-year-old was the only change made by coach Heyneke Meyer to the match-day 23 for the colossal clash at Twickenham.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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