Favourable RWC pool for Boks
Cape Town - The Springboks have been drawn in a relatively easy group for the 2015 Rugby World Cup to be played in England.
The Boks were drawn alongside Scotland and Samoa in Pool B after the draw was made in London on Monday.
South Africa, currently second
in the International Rugby Board’s world rankings and Rugby World Cup winners
in 1995 and 2007, head Pool B for the 2015 tournament.
It’s the fourth consecutive
time that the Springboks have been drawn in the same pool with Samoa, and the
second time they are in the same group as Scotland, as in 1999.
The other two teams in the group will come from qualifiers from Asia and America.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer,
who attended the draw at the Tate Modern in London, was satisfied with the pool
“Our aim was to be in the
first band of teams and we achieved that, moving from fourth at the start of
the year to second in the IRB world rankings,” said Meyer.
“As I said before the draw was
made - to us it doesn't matter who we are drawn against, because to win the
World Cup, you have to beat the best teams out there.
“If ever there was testimony
that the gap between the top teams have closed, we saw that over the past month
in the Northern Hemisphere. There really is very little to choose between the
top sides in the world, while the next batch of teams has also improved a lot
The World Cup will get underway on September 18, 2015, with the final to be held at Twickenham on October 31.
Draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup made in London on Monday:
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