Springboks

Laporte: Weather not a factor at RWC

2015-07-10 13:00
Bernard Laporte (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former France coach Bernard Laporte says that the wet weather in England will not give the northern hemisphere sides much of an advantage in this year's Rugby World Cup. 

Laporte coached France to two World Cup semi-finals in 2003 (Australia) and 2007 (France) and is currently in charge of French giants Toulon, a post that he has occupied since 2011. 

But this week he is in South Africa where, along with former Wallabies boss Robbie Deans, he has prepared a Toulon-heavy World XV side that will do battle with the Springboks at Newlands on Saturday. 

"It might well rain but it rains here (South Africa) and it rains in New Zealand as well so that shouldn’t be a problem," said Laporte.

"The southern hemisphere sides will be ready. Northern hemisphere teams like England, Wales and Ireland will definitely be ready and they can go a long way in the World Cup.

"The French team haven’t been playing well for the last three years but they’ll be competitive because they’ve had a lot of preparation together."

Deans agreed that there were a number of sides that could go all the way at the tournament. 

"There are possibly six sides that could win the tournament this year. I don’t think that’s ever been the case previously," he said.

"South Africa is certainly one of those. They’re capable of winning it.

"The Springboks’ chances are good. Don’t worry about that. If we hadn’t tipped them over in 2011 there’s a very high likelihood of them going on and being successful in that tournament.

"They’re a World Cup team. Experience is evidently a critical element and there’s a good blend. There’s some youth coming through with vitality but capability. People talk about age, but if you had to pick an age you’d want it to be closer to 30 than 20."

Saturday's match kicks off at 17:00.

Teams:

Springboks

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jean de Villiers

World XV

15 Delon Armitage, 14 Lachlan Turner, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 David Smith, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Bakkies Botha (captain), 4 Ali Williams, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16 David Roumieu, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Petrus du Plessis, 19 Flip Van der Merwe, 20 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Rudi Wulf


Read more on:    springboks  |  rwc 2015  |  robbie deans  |  cape town  |  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
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 09 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Auckland 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Brisbane 12:05
South Africa v England, Johannesburg 17:05
Saturday, 16 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Wellington 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Melbourne 12:05
South Africa v England, Bloemfontein 17:05
Saturday, 23 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Dunedin 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Sydney 12:05
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05
Vote

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

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

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
 

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.