Springboks make 13 changes for their Pool B clash with Canada


Bok coach Rassie Erasmus, however, has warned that any players failing to produce the required intensity during the game against Canada will quickly find themselves on the sidelines.

Damian Willemse will start at full-back as South Africa made 13 changes for their Rugby World Cup Pool B clash against minnows on Canada in Kobe on Tuesday, where victory will seal a quarter-final place for the Springboks.

And the Tier Two countries are well aware of what they are up against.

Meanwhile, a furious Italy coach Conor O'Shea lambasted Lovotti for "crass stupidity" after his unsafe tackle left the team with an "impossible" task. "The boys never stopped fighting, but the game was finished with the red card".

Italy need to beat two-time defending champions New Zealand in their final Pool B game on Saturday to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Two of the seven tries were scored by dynamic winger Cheslin Kolbe, who has proved a thorn in the side of any opposition, whether in a Springbok jersey or playing for Toulouse in the French league.

The impressive Kolbe left a few minutes from the end with a bump on his ankle. The Boks pack buckled the Italians in the first scrum and marched them back in the second.

It has divided opinion in the nation as to whether Etzebeth should be in Japan at all, and stoked conversation about racism as South Africa struggles to reconcile with its Apartheid past. But South Africa's advantage disappeared midway through the half when the game went to uncontested scrums.

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Italy fly-half Tommaso Allan and Pollard traded penalties as Italy coach Conor O'Shea was dealt a further blow when his second tighthead, replacement Marco Riccioni, was subbed off injured with just 18 minutes on the clock.

"There are a number of new combinations in our team but we have been together for several weeks now and everyone understands our gameplan and strategies". They've got X-factor out back as well. but when that power gets on the front foot, the wave after wave.

The fly-half sliced that conversion, but made no mistake after centre Lukhanyo Am grabbed an opportunistic intercept try, Italy's Gloucester flanker Jake Polledri forcing an inside pass with no one home.

Mapimpi, who left hurt and then returned to the field with a bandage around his bloodied head, also collected a cross-kick to score, this time on the left wing from the boot of fullback Willie le Roux.

Marx scored the last try from another maul after the final hooter.

Rugby union in South Africa has traditionally been a sport of the white Afrikaner community and making the game more representative has been a thorny issue in the post-apartheid era.

"I think it's really exciting, I'm so impressed by the Canadian guys' attitude and approach to things".