Rugby World Cup: Springboks Vow to Overcome Short Turnaround and Challenge the All Blacks

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Rugby World Cup: Springboks Vow to Overcome Short Turnaround and Challenge the All Blacks

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In the grand showdown of the Rugby World Cup final, the All Blacks will face off against the Springboks at Stade de France this weekend. It’s a battle that promises to be nothing short of epic, as both teams vie to make history by becoming four-time champions of the Webb Ellis Cup.

Forget about the challenges of short turnarounds and the wear and tear of the semifinals; the Springboks are on the cusp of the ultimate clash they desired against their fiercest rivals. They are determined to give their all in the World Cup final.

Key players Willie le Roux and Kwagga Smith, integral to the Springboks’ stunning comeback victory over England in the semifinals, exuded both respect and determination as they discussed this momentous match.

Willie le Roux emphasized the respect between the Springboks and the All Blacks, acknowledging the long-standing rivalry and the hard-fought battles they’ve engaged in over the years. While fierce competitors on the field, the players maintain respect for each other’s efforts.

The question remains: Will this respect extend to a post-game visit to each other’s changing rooms? “It’s just a hard-fought battle out there. There are no friends when you are on the field,” added le Roux. “That happens when the game is done.”

Le Roux, known for his veteran guidance off the bench, emphasized the significance of playing the All Blacks in a World Cup final. The stage is set for an extraordinary match, and the Springboks are eager to give their all without regrets.

Kwagga Smith, a key member of the Springboks’ Bomb Squad, shared the sentiment, recalling the excitement of his family during the last World Cup final between these two teams in 1995. He expressed his desire to play in this historic final.

Le Roux also discussed the transformation in the Springboks’ mentality since Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber took charge in 2018. The team returned to its strengths, focusing on set pieces and the kicking game, and has continued to evolve.

When asked about the daunting task of stopping All Blacks wing Will Jordan from becoming the top try-scorer in the tournament’s history, Le Roux highlighted the Springboks’ commitment to their defensive plan and their ability to thwart any opponent. He recognized Jordan’s versatility and praised his ability to create opportunities out of nothing.

Kwagga Smith echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the respect they have for the All Blacks and the honor of playing against them. He stressed the importance of the breakdown and the challenge of competing against skilled players in the back row. The Springboks are prepared for a physical battle and are determined to give their best.

As the world anticipates this monumental Rugby World Cup final, all eyes will be on Stade de France to witness a battle of rugby giants, and a new chapter in the historic rivalry between the All Blacks and the Springboks.

Reference:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby-world-cup-2023/300996244/rugby-world-cup-boks-pledge-to-shake-off-short-turnaround-and-shake-up-the-all-blacks

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