South Africa lost to Australia in a close tense encounter in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and with it their crown as World Champions. The game was a brutal physical encounter that Aussie guts maybe shaded on the day. The final score of 11-9 showed just how close the match was and perhaps the difference was Pocock who had the better of Russow in the contest for the ball, either legal or otherwise but as we always say a good flanker is the one who tries and gets away with it. So the Springboks will have to look to rebuild for 2015 as the squad is very much an ageing one.
South Africa Won their second Rugby World Cup in France 2007. Beating England in the final in a dour contest by 15-6. This followed their demolition of the side in Pool 'A' 36-0 and meant England exceeded expectations in reaching the final.South Africa have new shirts for this years Cup. The shirt has not changed much from previous versions with the green home and white away. The shirt is made by Canterbury and features the Protea logo now on the left chest. To place your order and view other South Africa shirts visit the South Africa Rugby World Cup Shirts page.
The Springboks win in France 2007 guaranteed qualification for the finals in New Zealand. IRB ranked 2nd though they have been number 1 for quite some time the Springboks followed up their World Cup win with an exciting if close win in the series against the British & Irish Lions but as a tired squad fell short in the autumn of 2009 during their tour or Europe. they are grouped in Pool D with Wales, Fiji, Samoa and Namibia. They without doubt are the strongest team in the pool and we anticipate they will be easy winners of pool 'D'.
South Africa have a wealth of new talent coming through, but some of the old hands will probably make the difference, the likes of: Victor Matfield, Morné Steyn, Jean de Villiers, Ruan Pienaar and new boys such as Heinrich Brussow, Tendai Mtawarira and Chiliboy Ralepelle. Whatever we expect South Africa to be one of the favourites to be looking to hoist the cup for a third time and be the first to win it back to back.