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    Quote Originally Posted by Solitude View Post
    It looks better than the previous team but I would replace JP with Mvovo, de Villiers with Kriel and Matfield with de Jager.
    Ja, whytf they decided to drop Lood after he was the only real light in our Japan tunnel is beyond me. Agree completely with your replacements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walterl View Post
    De Villiers and Matfield should not even be at the World Cup. Huge mistake to pick them in the squad. Great players but way past their best
    I'd totally have taken them. They'd have made excellent additions to the coaching staff.
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    Yeah and then japan comes and gets a hiding against the Scots. now i worry even more about samoa and scotland
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienTaker View Post
    Yeah and then japan comes and gets a hiding against the Scots. now i worry even more about samoa and scotland
    I think @McT will be pretty happy. Probably dancing in the streets wearing only his kilt.
    One day, I'll grow up and become responsible.
    Probably not today.
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    Cape Town - Jean de Villiers' place in the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad was a topic of debate months before Heyneke Meyer announced his 31-man squad to battle at the 2015 showpiece.

    Would his knee heal in time? If it did, would he have enough game time under the belt to warrant selection? Would he still be good enough?

    A jaw injury in De Villiers' build-up to the World Cup threw another spanner into the works, and when he was named Bok captain for the tournament there were perhaps more questions than answers.

    Those questions reached their peak after the Boks' shocking loss to Japan, and there were renewed calls for Meyer to back the Damian de Allende/Jesse Kriel partnership in midfield.

    But Meyer has kept faith in De Villiers one more time - picking him in the starting line-up for Saturday's crucial clash against Samoa while De Allende comes into the side and Kriel drops to the bench.

    "It’s one of the most difficult decisions in my life to make. You’re almost in a lose-lose situation because if you don’t pick your captain and you lose they’ll say you should have picked your captain," Meyer said.

    "I had a long chat with Jean and he just wants to serve South Africa. He said it doesn’t matter, if he’s not in the team that’s fine, he’ll come from the bench or whatever it takes."

    Meyer said the character that De Villiers had shown throughout his career - since his debut against France in 2002 in which he tore his knee ligaments - had also been a deciding factor in backing his captain.

    "I just decided that if you go into a fight that you have to win … that your whole career and the whole country depends on … that I really want to take a guy that’s had six knee operations, that had a knee operation and a knee injury in his first game for South Africa," Meyer said.

    "People said he would never play again. He came back and played 100 games.

    "Just before the World Cup we had an 80% win record with him as captain. He got injured again. Even the specialist said he won’t play again and he came back, proved them all wrong and then broke his jaw. And again people said he won’t be here and he’s here.

    "I’d rather go with a guy like that into a fight that we have to win because I know he wants to play for South Africa."

    Whether or not Meyer's decision is the right one remains to be seen. That will only be answered after the tournament, at which point it will be easy to look back and point fingers.

    For now, though, the coach is certain that he has made the right call.

    "If we as South Africans maybe back each other more, South Africa will be a much better place with maybe less hate and less violence and more love," he said.

    "So I’m going to go with my captain. I’ve got total confidence in him. The team backs him."

    From: http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/World...-Jean-20150923
    Hats off to Jean de Villiers for coming back from injury but in my opinion that is not a good enough reason to be picked ahead of other players. He is clearly off form. The will to win is not the same as having the ability to win. I think it's a huge fallacy of Meyer to pick someone just because they have overcome injury and want to be in the team.

    De Allende and Kriel showed that they play exceptionally well together. And funnily enough in both instances where we had our record losses against Argentina and Japan we had de Villiers in the midfield. I'm so disappointed that Meyer doesn't see this.

    I believe we will destroy Samoa on Saturday by 20 points or more but I do not believe that we will win the World Cup.
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    Comfortable 28-13 win for Aus over Fiji and France leading Romania 17-6 at the break
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    Quote Originally Posted by walterl View Post
    Comfortable 28-13 win for Aus over Fiji and France leading Romania 17-6 at the break
    The Assies didn't get the bonus point though which is surprising. Even more surprising is how Romania is defending against France! However I'm going to bed now.
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    2 quick tries by France and they have the bonus point
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    Bokke by 30 tonight! You heard it here first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solitude View Post
    Bokke by 30 tonight! You heard it here first.
    I'm hoping they do well today. A 4 try bonus point win would be awesome .
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    What a performance by Canada so far! It would be amazing if they win this game!
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