The Springboks, fresh off their impressive 43-12 win over the Wallabies, now face old foes the New Zealand All Blacks in a crunch Rugby Championship clash this weekend.
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The New Zealand All Blacks welcome the world champion Springboks to Auckland on Saturday 15 July with kickoff scheduled for 09:05 SA time. Bok management have run the changes with their starting XV.
9, 10, 11 giving Springbok coaches selection headaches
Hat-trick hero against the Wallabies, Kurt-Lee Arendse, produced a dazzling display on the left wing. Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe are the two first-choice Springboks wingers and will take a lot to dislodge either of them, but Arendse is doing everything in his power to give coach Jacques Nienaber a tough decision to make ahead of the World Cup. Mapimpi and Kolbe, starters and try-scorers in the 2019 World Cup final, have been recalled for this weekend’s clash with the All Blacks. Arendse isn’t in the matchday squad.
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Steyn hangs up his boots
Meanwhile, an icon has hung up his boots. It’s difficult to argue with the record Frans Steyn possesses at international level. One of just two Springboks (alongside the iconic Os du Randt) to collect multiple Rugby World Cup titles, Steyn was a pivotal piece in a winning puzzle all the way back in 2017 as a fresh-faced 19-year-old.
In a generation of physically brutish robots playing according to a script, Frans Steyn was the maverick that every pack of cards needs. Steyn’s legacy includes ludicrously difficult drop-kicks from range or slotted from virtually impossible angles, dressing room jokes and antics, big tackles, clutch moments, natural flair, frightening versatility, supreme in-game intelligence, dazzling improvisation and so much more.
François Philippus Lodewyk Steyn, it has been a pleasure. Thank you for the memories.
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