Rugby

Pienaar: Don't write Boks off

2015-01-28 11:01
Francois Pienaar (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar says the Boks should not be written off ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup.

The Springboks stuttered on their year-end tour to Europe late last year, losing two (Ireland, Wales) of their four matches.

They beat England at Twickenham, but also struggled in their win agaisnt Italy in Padova.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be played in England and Wales and the Boks' poor form in the Northern Hemisphere led to fears that they would struggle at this year's showpiece event.

However, Pienaar feels it's still early doors and remains confident in South Africa's hopes of claiming a third World Cup crown.

"A lot of rugby still needs to be played and I've always said the tournament is a four-month project," Pienaar told Netwerk24.

"Things could work out just right for a team, but it's what happens in the three months preceding and in the tournament itself that matter.

"You don't know who will be injured or fit and your game plan needs to change to the conditions. You have to be adaptable in that way.

"We have a good group and have played some of our best rugby at past World Cups."

Pienaar also said he hoped centre Jean de Villiers recovers in time for the event after the Bok skipper badly injured his knee in the last Test of 2014 against Wales in Cardiff.

Pienaar, 48, captained the Springboks to their first World Cup title in 1995 when they beat the All Blacks 15-12 in the final at Ellis Park.

Read more on:    springboks  |  rwc 2015  |  francois pienaar  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
43 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.