France plot Bok downfall

2010-06-11 07:45

Cape Town - France have been quietly plotting the downfall of world rugby champions South Africa against the background of the Soccer World Cup kicking off on Friday.

The Six Nations champions have not lost to the Springboks for five years and, although rugby union has been pushed from its usually permanent place on the backpages, Saturday's Test at Newlands has not diminished in importance less than 15 months out from the World Cup.

Despite three consecutive victories over South Africa, France will still start the match as underdogs and Friday's World Cup clash between the national soccer team and Uruguay near their hotel has not been allowed to interfere with their preparations.

"The World Cup is huge and our national team is playing down the road, but none of the players chosen for the test will be attending the match," team spokesperson Lionel Rossigneux said on Thursday. "We are here to play rugby."

France captain Thierry Dusautoir said: "It's the first time we've had our national football team play in the same country. It would be great to watch them but we have other things on our minds."

By contrast, the Springboks have appeared on numerous radio and television shows this week to express support for their footballing compatriots.

Asked whether the World Cup hype had hampered his side's preparations, vice-captain Victor Matfield told reporters on Thursday: "Not at all. It's a great event for our country. We hear the vuvuzelas (plastic trumpets) from our hotel rooms all day long but weÕve been focusing on what we must do.

"We've done all the hard work and we're 100 percent focused on this game."

South Africa have beaten France only twice in their last nine meetings dating back to 2001. The Springboks' last victory came in 2005, while they were well beaten the last time the two sides met at Newlands four years ago.

Coach Marc Lievremont has named uncapped flanker Wenceslas Lauret in an experienced starting team while Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has recalled a number of frontline players after resting them against Wales last week.

Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Gurthro Steenkamp and Jean de Villiers, all of whom were part of the Springboks' 2007 World Cup squad, return to the match 22.

In addition, regular starters Morne Steyn and Pierre Spies reclaim the flyhalf and number eight jerseys while their Blue Bulls teammate Flip van der Merwe takes his place on the bench as the only uncapped player.


South Africa - 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11.Bryan Habana, 10. Morne Steyn, 9.Ricky Januarie, 8.Pierre Spies, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger, 5. Victor Matfield, 4. Danie Rossouw, 3. BJ Botha, 2. John Smit (captain), 1. Gurthro Steenkamp.

Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Dewald Potgieter, 20. Ruan Pienaar, 21. Juan de Jongh, 22. Jean de Villiers.

France - 15. Clement Poitrenaud, 14. Vincent Clerc, 13. David Marty, 12. Maxime Mermoz, 11. Aurelien Rougerie, 10. Francois Trinh-Duc, 9. Morgan Parra, 8. Julien Bonnaire, 7. Wenceslas Lauret, 6. Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5. Romain Millo-Chluski, 4. Lionel Nallet, 3. Nicolas Mas, 2. Dimitri Szarzewski, 1.Thomas Domingo.

Substitutes: 16. Guilhem Guirado, 17. Jean Baptiste Poux, 18. Julien Pierre, 19. Louis Picamoles, 20. Dimitri Yachvili, 21. David Skrela, 22. Marc Andreu.


  • trevor - 2010-06-11 08:14

    who cares rugby in the back set

  • Lefty - 2010-06-11 08:31

    Breebors druipstert die Franse is fokkol werd !!! GO BOKKE !!!

  • pappa smurf - 2010-06-11 08:38

    Viva Les Blues ...!!!

  • @trevor - 2010-06-11 08:47

    feck off

  • E - 2010-06-11 08:56

    At last some news about the game for real men! Unlike those sissies that play soccer! You won't see soccer players having a Wimpi breakfast, that's for certain!

  • CARE - 2010-06-11 08:58

    You should care, Rugby is the only sport thats carried our nation, clearly you dont know this!!!

  • Ross - 2010-06-11 09:00

    Bokke!! all the way i will see my fellow capetonians at the game, and most prob a lot of overseas soccer supporters as well. Come on BOKKE

  • kam - 2010-06-11 09:03

    Today I'm going to the France vs Uruguay game and tomorrow I'm going to Newlands for the rugby! HURRAY ME.

  • Byron - 2010-06-11 09:06

    umm trevor rugby might be in the backset now, but remeber there is a world cup for them next year!!!The Boks have got behaind Bafana!! so lets support all our national sides not just when it' important to you!!! GO BOKS, GO BAFANA!!

  • PDV-Hater - 2010-06-11 09:10

    ...GO FRANCE..!! ....GO FRANCE..1!

  • boet - 2010-06-11 09:15

    go jump off a cliff trevor

  • Obvious - 2010-06-11 09:18

    @trevor: Maybe, but watch this game if you want to see SA win. Zane stands out like a sore thumb on that list...

  • Ricahrd Nixon@trevor - 2010-06-11 09:28

    Why do you comment then?

  • Mike - 2010-06-11 09:34

    Trevor, Rugby fans care, Boks have more chance of winning than Bafana do.

  • Weepee - 2010-06-11 09:55

    Plot & plan as much as you want! To win you have to secure your lineout ball & win a few of the oppositions ball. You also have to win the breakdowns and you must find a way through the best defence in world rugby. Add to that you need to pray the most deadly goal kicker in world rugby has an off day. Think again my Froggie friends not this time - maybe next time hey! Boks by 10 plus!

  • break - 2010-06-11 09:56

    Give Kirchner a break, He'll play much better knowing his starting! He's hands were prob still cold last week... he he

  • LDP - 2010-06-11 10:19

    This bok side is very weak. Kirchner at full back, January at 9, BJ and Guthro as our props...we gonna get drilled. I will still be watching and shouting my lungs out for the boks, but this side is very ordinary.

  • Brandon - 2010-06-11 10:24

    PDV-Hater: Take a chill pill old boy. Let's get on with life.

  • dorsal - 2010-06-11 10:30

    You okes can talk a lot of twak GO SA in any sport

  • dorsal - 2010-06-11 10:31

    You okes can talk a lot of twak GO SA in any sport

  • Sharkie :-) - 2010-06-11 10:32

    @Trevor Get with the program buddy....... the Boks are the only SA team that will be winning this week-end anyways! I support Bafana Bafana all the way but everyone is putting to much expectations on them..... they will not win a single game in this soccer WC. Shoot me for being a realist!

  • wiledog - 2010-06-11 10:45

    just one question: why start Ricky before Ruan? shouldve been the other way around.

  • Unabashed Dutchman - 2010-06-11 10:45

    Mickey Mouse team against the world champions. They've only won the last three because the Boks played with 2nd string sides or because the matches were played on their fields. No contest, Boks by 15 this time.

  • Viva Spring Bucks - 2010-06-11 10:47

    From looking at the team line up PDV is been experimental, But I suppose it needs to be done as we need depth for next years World Cup. Lets just hope the team pulls together and the senior chaps lead and guide the new blood. Lets do it men....

  • DVH - 2010-06-11 10:52

    I must agree with LDP. I think it is an ordinary Springbok side with definite weaknesses at scrumhalf, full back and in the front row. They will do well to pull this one off.The exclusion of the worlds best utility back ( Francois Steyn) and ace long distance goal kicker simply does not make sense, or is there something I dont know?

  • Raka13 - 2010-06-11 11:22

    Go Bafana!!! I really hope you will win this afternoon!!!!

  • merit - 2010-06-11 11:23

    No need to plot anything.Fat *** January,Crusty the clown at fulback & teeny weeny Aplon will do it for them.GET RID OF THESE BLOODY QUOTAS AND THE BOKS WIIL STAND A DECENT CHANCE !!!

  • RJ - 2010-06-11 11:35

    Hmm, I wonder..E, which sport do you represent South Africa in? Care, is rugby the only sport you are aware of? do some more research buddy. To all our national sports-persons, Go 4 it!..most of us are behind you in your efforts this and every other weekend!

  • mervyn - 2010-06-11 11:57

    Allez Les Bleu

  • George - 2010-06-11 12:27

    We need Frans Steyn at fullback, De Jongh to partner Fourie at centre, Butch James at flyhalf and Ruan Pinaar at scrum half. Any ideas on an improved scrum?

  • mark - 2010-06-11 12:49

    Choose a team on MERIT. too many passengers and quatas.

  • Lisa - 2010-06-11 13:51

    Vive La France !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sharkie :-) - 2010-06-11 15:13

    @Lisa and Mervyn Kom ek trek nou maar `n ou Steve Hofmeyer op myself....... You both are hereby invited to a nice South African braai at my place, please do not forget your brains at home as we will be discussing the beautiful game of rugby (chasing the unobtainable World Cup trofee, as you guys like to call it) Time: Net nadat julle wakker geskrik het Dress: Seker maar in julle pajamas aangesien julle nog deur die k@k gaan wees daai tyd Venue: Definitief nie in die droom wereld waar julle nou rond dwaal nie What to Bring: Net `n groot sakdoek want ek gaan sommer die deur in jou gesig toeklap

  • bok meister - 2010-06-11 18:20

    where is Frans Steyn? Like, seriously what the fork? I wanna smack the oke who left Frans out the team. He is the man. Bad game last week but ffs it was his first game back in the green and gold. For gods sake let the man play! Also, why arent we burning down houses and killing members of a certain political party over the fact that the Beast cant play? Come on okes, lets take the game back!

  • Durban Poizn - 2010-06-12 09:01

    Go South Africa Bafana 1 Mexico 1 Springboks 34 France 10 mmmmmmmm

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