South Africa v Samoa: Springboks Must Do Country Proud, Warns De Villiers


Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers has told his South Africa troops they have a duty to their countrymen to rectify the nightmare World Cup loss to Japan.

The two-time former world champions have been left reeling by their disastrous tournament opener in Brighton.

Fans the world over were left open-mouthed as the Brave Blossoms threw caution to the wind at the end of a thrilling contest, getting their reward with Karne Hesketh’s incredible stoppage-time touchdown.

Now de Villiers has ordered his team to make amends.

The former Munster centre said: “We all know how important this game is for our country. We are a very proud nation. What saddens me is to see how a loss like this can break the country apart. We have a responsibility to rectify that.

“Rugby is a game but in South Africa it has become so much more than a game. We disappointed a lot of people.”

South Africa Vs Samoa, Pool B: Villa Park, Birmingham, 4.45 pm ko

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