Wellington - According to Die Burger’s Stephen Nell,
emotions will be put on the back-burner for rugby’s most experienced lock
pairing, Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield as they head into the twilight of
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“I don’t think it’s emotional. We know
that this is our last Rugby World Cup and we are simply doing what is best for
the team - Victor in the lineouts, while I sort out the physical aspect,”
Botha told Die Burger on Sunday.
“We are not viewing this as our final World
Cup or our final matches. We will approach the match (against Wales this
Sunday) as if it is our first.”
Botha is in his last season with the Boks
before he joins French club side, Toulon in France while Matfield will retire
after the tournament.
Botha dismissed the notion that the experienced
South African team are too old to successfully defend their title.
“England won the World Cup in 2003 with
team which had average age older than ours.
“We know that we have an experienced team
and the guys will still give it their all.
“Age is not a factor. The most important
thing is that you are eager to make a difference for your country.”
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