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Favourable RWC pool for Boks

2012-12-03 17:26

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 allocation.

“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 recently.”

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:

Pool A

Australia

England

Wales

Oceania 1

Repechage winner

Pool B

South Africa

Samoa

Scotland

Asia 1

Americas 2

Pool C

New Zealand

Argentina

Tonga

Europe 1

Africa 1

Pool D

France

Ireland

Italy

Americas 1

Europe 2

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Comments
  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-03 17:30

    Ag damn we got those arm breaking Samoan thugs again in our Pool.What did we do to deserve that I wonder?

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-03 17:37

      Start a FB petition!

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-12-03 17:44

      Jimmy lol. Man, sometimes I am embarrassed to be a South Africa with all the whining that comes out of this country.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-12-03 17:59

      Well jimmy, atleast england isnt in your pool as far as support goes.

      cape.maori - 2012-12-04 08:38

      @Jimmy - that is classic!!

  • Generaal1 - 2012-12-03 17:35

    Alweer Samoa saam met die Bokke. Groep A = group of death.

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-12-03 17:50

    Pool A & D look pretty tough.

  • andrew.hendrikse - 2012-12-03 17:51

    If England play like did against the all Blacks and Bokke they will win in 2015!!

      Deon de Lange - 2012-12-03 18:01

      Easy, tiger. Still a long, long way off and many a twixt tween cup and lip. They do have a nice young team, though, which may be well timed to peak in 2015. Hopefully Bok's planning is well underway.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-03 18:13

      It's still 3 years away this World Cup and England will have to get past Australia and Wales first & get out of their group.Only then should you start talking yourselves up about winning the damn thing.Any of these 3 teams in Pool D can beat each other on their day.Wales were tossed in a "pool of death" in the last RWC and still managed to reach the semi-finals so it's not beyond them to see off England.

      Flemstone - 2012-12-03 18:29

      But Sean there is such a huge gulf between the Northern and Southern hemisphere's. How on earth can NH sides be making semi's and final's? England have already shown that they can win a world cup. And they beat OZ on their home turf. People like Sean simply ignore this.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-03 18:57

      Flemstone sounds alot like the fake doctor from "Vancouver" with his using of comments made on other articles to sound ridiculous on this one.Do trolls like yourself ever know when to stop and how stupid you sound on this forum?

      Flemstone - 2012-12-03 19:15

      How exactly do I fit the description of a troll? I'm not looking to win people up. That's what you do Sean. I give my unbiased opinion which clearly you can't comprehend. You're the one making the comments, they're there to be used against you. Now tell us more about this huge gulf. Or are you going to carry on whimpering? One thing is for sure, you'll always find Sean's long winded opinions on this page. You clearly don't like anyone contradicting you, or challenging your opinions. So you hide behind calling them trolls. Grow a pair and backup your claims.

      Caleb - 2012-12-04 03:12

      Sean- with the comments you make, you are the only troll around here.

  • andrew.hendrikse - 2012-12-03 17:54

    Swing lo.....England 2015!!!

  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-12-03 18:45

    Guess the Boks get an easy path to the WC this time again like 2007 as my Kiwi friends keep telling me! The Boks only have to beat an over the hill All Black team in the semi's this time round

  • francois.myburgh.33 - 2012-12-03 18:47

    Easy peazy putsticks! We're bringing it home this time.

  • Musa Mthembu - 2012-12-03 19:09

    its gonna be a walk on the park..... go Bokke Go Bokke Go Bokke.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-12-03 21:41

    Easy group for the All Blacks too, Hope Suzie stays away though......

  • rboonzaaier - 2012-12-04 08:30

    france Ireland Italy pool is a tough one!

  • rboonzaaier - 2012-12-04 08:30

    France Ireland Italy pool is a tough one!

  • roth.eugen - 2012-12-04 14:08

    Samoa is actually the All Black B (thug) team with one agenda......to soften up the Springboks with their dirty play so that the All Black A team might stand a chance of beating SA in the semi-final. By the way Nigel Owen's career should have also been cut short after his dismal display when Samoa played SA in the last RWC (ala Bryce Lawrence).

      Caleb - 2012-12-06 05:44

      Wow you really are an idiot, try saying that to any one of the Samoans in that team and see if they think they want to help the All Blacks. As per usual whenever South Africa have a bad game the ref is blamed, par for the course, Nigel Owens is the next cab of the rank.

  • clivegoss - 2012-12-05 08:02

    Dont fall asleep or cheer to loud. Those Samoans play good rugby, bliksems robust in defence and awesomely unpredictable in attack

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