World Cup

Matfield leads charge on Samoa

Victor Matfield will captain the Springboks this Friday while Bismarck du Plessis has been favoured as the starting hooker.

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Dynamite Dan

MARK KEOHANE, in Business Day newspaper, writes the All Blacks win against France confirmed if you stop Dan Carter you stop New Zealand’s march on a first World Cup success in 24 years. It is something France couldn’t do.

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Wales thump Namibia

Wales picked up their first bonus-point victory in the World Cup with a 81-7 hammering of Namibia in New Plymouth.

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Jean still central to Bok cause

JON CARDINELLI believes that Jean de Villiers will offer the Springboks more at No 12 in the play-offs and that Frans Steyn is best utilised at fullback.

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Boks note Samoa’s evolution

Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold says Samoa have made significant strides in key areas of their game and predicts it could be their biggest test thus far.

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Boks Blacks’ biggest threat

New Zealand Herald columnist Chris Rattue says the Springboks are the only side with the capacity to beat the All Blacks.

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