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Can South Africa win the Rugby World Cup?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2015, Springboks on 4 Aug 2015 at 13:10
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The 2015 Rugby World Cup gets underway on 18th September and there are a number of sides that will fancy their chances ahead of the competition, which will be held across England and Wales. Stuart Lancaster’s men, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia have all been tipped for success and are likely to reach the latter stages of the tournament but South Africa could be the team to go all the way and lift the trophy on 31st October.

The Springboks are exceptionally talented and have one of the toughest squads in rugby union. They are blessed with sheer speed and power in the backs and their forwards are capable of dominating matches and getting over the advantage line on a regular basis. South Africa have some of the quickest, most powerful wingers in the sport and the legendary Bryan Habana – who equalled Jonah Lomu’s record total of eight tries in a single World Cup back in 2007 – remains a focal point of their side.

South Africa have been drawn in Pool B along with Samoa, Scotland, Japan and the United States. While there are easier groups in the tournament, the Springboks should canter through the primary stage of the competition after securing four victories in their opening matches. From there, however, it could get tougher. They are likely to face England, Australia or Wales in the first knockout fixture – one of the harder quarter-final fixtures possible.

Heyneke Meyer’s side are renowned for being warriors and often make it difficult for themselves. While they are incredibly gifted, South Africa have made a habit of starting games on the back foot and can find themselves behind in the early stages. However, one must be aware of their immense ability to come from behind and could take advantage of Coral’s bet in-play facility throughout the competition. The Springboks shouldn’t find the group stages too testing but will face tough fixtures as they progress through the tournament.

South Africa are more than capable of lifting the title but must improve from their 2014 Autumn Internationals against Ireland and Wales if they are to achieve World Cup glory. The Springboks are incredibly experienced and won’t take anybody for granted – which is key for those sides who want to progress to the latter stages of the competition. While their route to the final may be difficult, South Africa are one of the strongest units in the tournament and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see them emerge victorious in the final at Twickenham on 31st October.


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