Who is Our Springbok Team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup?
The debate about transformation in rugby ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, along with calls from some that the Springboks should not be allowed to play in the RWC, have marred these past weeks as we build up to the start of the tournament on 18 September. But for all the scandal and drama we’ve already seen this year, South Africans will certainly still watch the Rugby World Cup and support the Springboks. “In a few days, they’ll board the plane, young men on a wonderful adventure, and, on Saturday, September 19, with what should be a reasonably easy first step against Japan, they’ll start a journey every one of them will hope will end with victory in the final on October 31,” Dan Retief said.
The Springbok captain for the 2015 Rugby World Cup is Jean de Villiers, while the vice-captain is Victor Matfield. For 16 of the 31 players this will be their first Rugby World Cup, while it will be the second for 6 of the players. Dan Retief noted that “some, especially captain Jean de Villiers and loose forward Schalk Burger, have had to dip deep into the well of human resolve to get there, and a number of others will be hoping their battered bodies hold up.”
South Africa will face Japan in their first match on 19 September 2015 and will be sure to keep South Africans glued to their seats. The other teams South Africa will face in the group stages are Scotland, Samoa, and the USA. The final match of the Rugby World Cup will be played on 31 October 2015.
South Africa’s 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup is:
Jean de Villiers (C)
Damian de Allende
Lood de Jager
Bismarck du Plessis
Jannie du Plessis
Fourie du Preez
Willie le Roux
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