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Out-of-form Springboks head for testing Euro tour

Out-of-form Springboks head for testing Euro tour

South Africa departs for its tour of Britain and Ireland with one win in six games, its coach under instruction to improve results and 13 players, including captain John Smit, out injured.
The world champion's five-match trip is crucial for Peter de Villiers to restore his reputation after a disastrous Tri-Nations defense, where South Africa produced one of its worst displays in the southern hemisphere championship.
The Springboks play Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England and the Barbarians on consecutive weekends starting on Saturday against the Irish.
De Villiers says: "Four tests on four Saturdays in unfamiliar conditions is as tough a challenge as the Tri-Nations ... but the squad is excited about the opportunity."


Updated : 2021-02-27 11:39 GMT+08:00