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Willie le Roux 6.5

Sport24: 6.5
Rugby365: 6/10
NZ Herald: 7
Ou Grote: 6

Cornal Hendricks 6

Sport24: 6
Rugby365: 6/10
NZ Herald: 5
Ou Grote: 6

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The Springbok team to face New Zealand for the 90th time shows eight changes from last week.

  • Schalk Burger will captain the team from No 8
  • Francois Louw moves to 7 for Marcell Coetzee (injured)
  • Heinrich Brüssow replaces Louw at 6
  • Lood de Jager replaces Victor Matfield (injured)
  • Vincent Koch joins the bench

This is what Heyneke Meyer had to say:

“Injuries have forced our hand a bit, but we’ve stuck with our planned rotational policy on the bench and it will be great to see what Heinrich, Vincent and Flip can do.

“The breakdown battle will again be huge and it will be good to see Heinrich and Francois play together. They are versatile players and I am convinced they will combine perfectly.

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24/07 17:00 Fiji v Samoa (Sacramento)

Rob (Ou Grote): Fiji by 5
James (Ou Grote): Fiji by 9
Sportingbet: Fiji
Bet.coza: Fiji
Sportsbet: Fiji

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15. Willie le Roux 5.5
The mercurial fullback was poor in the air and had an off day with the boot, but showed good positional play and had a hand in both Bok tries. A similar player to Slaptjips in his prime but we need more of the magic and less of the messiness.

Sport24: 5.5
Rugby365: 6/10
OuGrote: 5

14. JP Pietersen 6
Spent his time chasing high balls and may have done better if the kicks had been better and less frequent. Put in a fair amount of work off the ball, but his opportunities were limited. Getting used to his best position again after being played at centre by the Sharks.

Sport24: 6.5
Rugby365: 6/10
OuGrote: 6

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17/07 09:35 New Zealand v Argentina (Christchurch)

Rob (Ou Grote): New Zealand by 20
James (Ou Grote): New Zealand by 25
Sportingbet: New Zealand
Bet.coza: New Zealand
Sportsbet: New Zealand

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19/07 04:00 United States of America v Samoa (San Jose)

Rob (Ou Grote): Samoa by 12
James (Ou Grote): Samoa by 21
Sportingbet: Samoa
Bet.coza: Samoa
Sportsbet: Samoa

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19/07 02:00 Canada v Japan (San Jose)

Rob (Ou Grote): Canada by 3
James (Ou Grote): Canada by 5
Sportingbet: Canada
Bet.coza: Canada
Sportsbet: Canada

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