South Africa Select Same Starting XV For Saturday's All Blacks Clash

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Author: Glen Maxwell

Published: 17:22 21/10/2015

South Africa have named an unchanged starting line-up for their Rugby World Cup Semi-final against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

Forwards Bismarck du Plessis (foot) and Lood de Jager (hand) both suffered injuries in the 23-19 win over Wales in the last eight, but both appear to have recovered to take on the All Blacks this weekend - as the Springboks name the same starting XV for successive World Cup matches for the first time since 2007.

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Meyer: All Blacks Best Of All Time

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with New Zealand, Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer hailed the All Blacks as the best side in the history of the sport - although, he insisted that South Africa can still overcome them.

Meyer said: “This is probably the best team that’s ever played the game.

“If you look at their run after the World Cup, they’ve just got better and that doesn’t happen in world rugby. It will need our best performance probably ever to beat them, because they are the best team that there’s ever been.

“In saying that, you have to believe you can beat them. We know we have to be at our best.

“Every single game against them has gone right to the wire. They know how to take the pressure.

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Du Plessis Can Handle Injury

South African hooker du Plessis sustained a hand wound against Wales last Saturday, but will be able to play with it strapped up and has every confidence that it will not be an issue for him against the defending Rugby World Cup champions.

du Plessis said: “We’ve been working quite hard on it and hopefully it will be 100% on Saturday.

“We’ve been in the knockout phase from the get-go after our defeat to Japan. We’ve had that mindset all the way and we must take that mindset in with us again this week - we only have one chance.”

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