2015 Rugby World Cup Preview: South Africa

By Matt Findlay Despite an appalling Rugby Championship campaign, currently being outside the top three in terms of world rankings and coach Heyneke Meyer producing several interesting selections, South Africa remains among the favourites to take out the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC). The Sprinboks are considered morals to advance to at least the final eight, but the omission of back-rowers Heinrich Brussow and Marcell Coetzee, and the inclusion of injured stars Jean De Villiers, Duane Vermeulen, Jannie du Plessis, Fourie du Preez, Willie le Roux, Francois Louw and Coenie Oosthuizen have become fierce debating points. However, considering the amount of experience in the squad – nine players were a part of the Spingboks' 2007 RWC triumph - Meyer spoke in defence of said selections, explaining all seven recovering players will be fit come South Africa's pool B opener against Japan. “Every single player in our wider group worked incredibly hard and to cut the squad to 31 was probably
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