South African rugby team ‘Springboks’ is preparing to take on French national rugby team on Saturday 10 November in Paris, as part of their United Kingdom and French tour.
Their tour didn’t start on a positive note as they were narrowly defeated by England (12-11), last Saturday 3 November in London – as a result the Springbok’s win-loss rate has dropped to 45% as reported by sarugbymag.co.za.
Boks coach Rassie Erasmus has announced a strong team with more internationals making the call up. The Springboks will face a tough task in the French team, even though they have a 60% win rate against France they cannot afford to underestimate them.
The Boks have struggled throughout the year, which result in them steadily losing their fear factor. A victory against the French could help South Africa regain some confidence as they will face Scotland next Saturday and Ireland the following Saturday after that.
The Springbok team: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Warren Whiteley, Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi (captain), Franco Mostert, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe.
The French team: Maxime Medard, Teddy Thomas, Matthieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Dounayrou, Damian Penaud, Camille Lopez, Baptiste Serin, Louis Picamoles, Arthur Iturria, Wencesias Lauret, Yoann Maestri, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Cedate Gomes Sa, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: Camille Chat, Dany Priso, Rabah Simani, Paul Gabrillagues, Matthieu Babillot, Antoine Dupont, Anthony Belleau.
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