Cape Town - Springbok lock and captain Eben Etzebeth wants his side to perform to their best against France at the Stade de France in Paris.
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South Africa will be keen to respond to their disappointing loss to Ireland and Etzebeth is confident his wounded side can bounce back.
“We have a job to do on Saturday and our focus is on the game,” he said.
“I am sure back home everyone is disappointed with the outcome of the (2023) Rugby World Cup bid, but that will not have any influence on us.”
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Etzebeth mentioned that following the loss to Ireland in Dublin, the team sat down at the beginning of the week and had an honest and tough discussion.
“So far, the week has gone very well for us, our preparations have been good and we are ready for a tough match against France. We know we have to improve in all areas,” said Etzebeth, who added that the return of Duane Vermeulen has boosted the experience in the squad.
“Apart from his experience, he is also an exceptionally good option at the back of the lineout. We all know Duane is a world-class No 8, a good ball carrier and a good tackler.
“Duane also captained Toulon so he has great leadership qualities, which will be of help to me on the field and it’s just awesome to have him back.”