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The South African Springboks end their Autumn tour to Europe with a visit to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where they face Wales, still looking for their first victory of the trip. The South Africa began their tour with a fixture at Wembley against the Barbarians, where a second string side had to make a late comeback from 19-31 behind to salvage a draw. Since when they have been easily beaten at Twickenham by England 21-37, and in a surprise result they were undone by Italy in Florence last weekend 18-20. The Boks have now lost six of their last seven internationals, and have yet to win away from home in 2016.
Wales began their own Autumn series with a heavy defeat against the Wallabies 8-32, a first defeat in Cardiff in 2016, having beaten Scotland 27-23, France 19-10 and Italy 67-14 in the 6-Nations. Since the loss to the Wallabies, they have bounced back to record narrow victories against Argentina 24-20 and Japan 33-30. The last game between the sides took place at Twickenham in the quarter-final at last year's World Cup, when the Boks won by 23-19 in a match that the Wales had seemed to control for long periods, and appeared to have won as the game moved into the final stages, only to suffer late heartbreak.
Posted: 29th November 2014
Wales will once more attempt to take the scalp of one of the big three Southern Hemisphere teams, when they face the South African Springboks on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The last, and only time, that Wales have managed to beat the Springboks came in the opening fixture at the new Millenium Stadium, when the home team won by 29-19. Since then, the two countries have met on 16 occasions, with the Springboks being successful on each and every occasion. Wales will need to lift themselves mentally after last week's shattering defeat against the All Blacks, when they led the World Champions with just over 10 minutes remaining, before conceding three late tries, as the All Blacks ran the exhausted Welsh off their feet. The South Africa coach, Heyneke Meyer, makes five changes to his side that struggled to overcome Italy last weekend, eventually winning 22-6.
He brings back Willie le Roux into the XV at full back, along with both wingers, Cornal Hendricks and Lwazi Mvovo. The three players they replace; JP Pietersen, Bryan Habana and Johan Goosen are all unavailable due to club commitments in Japan and France, as the game falls outside the IRB Autumn window for international matches.
Posted: 9th November 2013
South Africa have selected centre Jaque Fourie to play an international, for the first time since the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, when the Springboks face Wales, the current six-nations champions, at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has named prop Frans Malherbe to make his Test debut, with JP Pietersen returning to the side on the wing. Meyer has described Pietersen and Fourie as world class, and has stated that he wants to get the inform players involved in the action as soon as possible. 2013 has seen the Springboks win seven of the nine Test matches that they have contested. Their only defeats coming at the hands of the All Blacks during the Rugby Championship, which the New Zealand team won, with a 100% record.
The 69 times capped Fourie, had been unavailable for his country by his own choice, having decided to pursue his career in Japan, with the Kobe Steelers for the last 18 months. His last appearance in the national colours being the 2011 World Cup quarter-final defeat to the Wallabies in New Zealand. Tight-head Malherbe, replaces the injured Jannie du Plessis, with the only other change in the forwards, sees lock Flip van der Merwe forming a formidable engine room next to Eben Etzebeth. The Springboks could have a second debutant, if Pieter Steph du Toit comes off of the bench to play.
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, South Africa
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, Cornal Hendricks
, Jaque Fourie
, Heyneke Meyer
, Frans Malherbe
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, Pieter Steph du Toit