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    Bath Rugby flanker Francois Louw has been chosen to represent South Africa in the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

    Jean De Villiers will captain the Springboks at the global rugby showpiece and Victor Matfield is vice-captain, with Schalk Burger providing captaincy back-up.
    Springbok coach Meyer said it was very tough to select the final squad from the wider training group that had been together for the last two months.

    "Every single player in our wider group worked incredibly hard and to cut the squad to 31 was probably the most difficult selection I've faced in my coaching career," said Meyer.

    "I think the squad has a great balance between youth and experience while keeping together the core of the team that did the country proud in the last few years. We also have a number of players who know what it takes to win a World Cup and their knowledge will be very valuable.

    "We're going to England with the hopes of a nation on our shoulders and we would really like to make our country proud, but we're under no illusions about how tough it will be."

    Meyer said that although a number of players currently recovering from injuries were selected, every player in the squad is expected to be fit for the Springboks' opening match of the Rugby World Cup, on 19 September against Japan.

    "The best medical scenarios were taken into consideration with the selection process. Our medical team have worked incredibly hard with these players and we're confident they will be ready to be considered to play Japan," said Meyer.

    "Although they have not been able to train fully with the rest of the squad at times, they have really worked hard on their fitness and all of them are incredibly fit, some of them in the best shape of their lives."

    Springbok squad for Rugby World Cup 2015

    Willem Alberts
    Schalk Brits
    Schalk Burger
    Damian De Allende
    Lood de Jager
    Jean de Villiers (captain)
    Bismarck du Plessis
    Jannie du Plessis
    Fourie du Preez
    Pieter-Steph du Toit
    Eben Etzebeth
    Bryan Habana
    Zane Kirchner
    Siya Kolisi
    Jesse Kriel
    Patrick Lambie
    Willie le Roux
    Francois Louw
    Frans Malherbe
    Victor Matfield (vice-capt)
    Tendai Mtawarira
    Lwazi Mvovo
    Trevor Nyakane
    Coenie Oosthuizen
    Rudy Paige
    Ruan Pienaar
    JP Pietersen
    Handré Pollard
    Morné Steyn
    Adriaan Strauss
    Duane Vermeulen

    28-08-2015 17:39:18
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