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The South Africa rugby team, the Springboks, are set to begin their autumn tournament this Saturday at 6.30 p.m. (French time), against Ireland in Dublin.
Both teams will be faced with having to play without key players for this game. Ireland will have to do without its captain Brian O’ Driscoll, and also without players Paul O’ Connell, Stephen Ferris, Rob Kearney and Sean O’ Brien. Jamie Heaslip will step up to the captain position for the Irish.
On the South African side, the situation is quite the same for the 2007 World Cup Champions. Many players will be missing due to injuries, forcing the South African coach to build a new team. Not only will the team be playing without Bryan Habana, but also without Bismarck du Plessis, Andries Bekker, Pierre Spies, François Steyn and Schalk Burger.
On the four last confrontations between South Africa and Ireland, the Clover team beat the Springboks three times. Nevertheless, the last opposition had turned to the advantage of South Africa with a victory by 23 to 21 in 2010.
If South Africa is eager to redeem itself, so is Ireland. The Irish lost to New Zealand by 60 to 0 in June. Both teams will struggle this Saturday, Nov. 10. A game for forgiveness?
By: Guillaume Mahot