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Boks to wear black armbands

2015-09-25 11:25
Jean de Villiers (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks will wear black armbands in their Rugby World Cup clash against Samoa to honour the late former SARU deputy president Mike Stofile.

A Springbok team spokesperson confirmed the news to Sport24 on Friday.

Following the death of Stofile last Sunday, a request was made to World Rugby if the Boks could wear black armbands during the Samoa match.

The request was granted by the governing body earlier in the week.

Stofile was SARU vice-president for two years and deputy president for a further two until 2008 after holding the presidency of the Border Rugby Union.

The Springboks have never lost to Samoa in eight previous Tests, with the South Africans winning the last encounter 56-23 in Pretoria in 2013.

However, the last time the two nations clashed at a World Cup was in New Zealand four years ago when the Boks sneaked a 13-5 win.

The match, scheduled for 17:45 (SA time) on Saturday, will be played at Villa Park, the home of English football team Aston Villa.


South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jesse Kriel


15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Paul Perez, 12 Ray Lee-Lo, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Mike Stanley, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Ofisa Treviranus (captain), 7 Jack Lam, 6 TJ Ioane, 5 Iosefa Tekori, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Sakaria Taulafo

Substitutes: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Census Johnston, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Vavae Tuilagi, 21 Vavao Afemai, 22 Tusi Pisi, 23 George Pisi

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