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South Africa has been one of the dominant forces in men’s rugby along with Australia and the most powerful New Zealand side. They will be looking to impress one and all as they go up against Argentina in the Rugby Championship clash that is coming up within a few days time. Heyneke Meyer is the coach of the Springbok team which will be up against the Pumas. He has already announced his team ahead of the clash and the new player who will be making his debut is Damian De Allende. He will be strengthening the centre along with the team’s captain Jean De Villiers. Francs Malherbe and Eben Etzebeth will also feature in the starting lineup. They had missed a few matches owing to injury but are now fit to put up some good performances. Handre Pollard will be earning his second cap after he broke into the team due to some stellar performances with the Under 20 squad.
The Pumas have been able to defeat the Springboks only once in their seventeen encounters over the years. They will clearly have to play out of their skins in order to register another victory for the team. They will be going into the match quite well prepared from the practice matches against the French side. But so will the Springboks as they had some extra time to prepare owing to their early exit from the Super Rugby Championship. Bakkies Botha will be a constant threat to the Pumas du eto his all round abilities. The South African coach is banking on his new blood whereas the Argentines will look to benefit from their experienced players. It is tipped to be an exciting encounter as both the teams will be ready to prove a point to the fans in their respective countries.
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Richie McCaw, the captain of the New Zealand rugby team, must be thinking these days that life is all about unexpected occurring, say the experts. When in October 2011, Richie lifted the trophy Webb Ellis Trophy at the Eden Park, and then rugby experts across the world thought that McCaw probably is the best captain in a rugby team could ever have. It is hard to keep the reputation intact. But Richie McCaw has done it all to win 100 test caps According to the teammates of McCaw; he is the man behind the speed of the game.
The 33 year old players have stretched a lot during his captaincy stint with the All Blacks team. In 2000, when McCaw debuted into the international rugby, then he was just 20. He played seven matches for the Canterbury. Then after seeing his bright performance, John Mitchell, then coach of the Canterbury rugby team, chose McCaw for the tour in Ireland in 2001. Against the Irish in a crucial match, though at the beginning NZ was trailing in the game with 16-7 but later they clinched an exciting win with 40-29 and not only this, McCaw was names the man of the match. In the 2003 world cup, when McCaw was playing as a regular of the All Blacks, then he led the world cup squad. In the Crusaders also, McCaw leads them successfully. There has been a lot of speculation about the captaincy of All Blacks in 2008.
In that year, Robbie Deans, in spite several pressures retained McCaw as the team captain. According to experts, Richie McCaw is one of the finest open side flanker players of all time. Now it is time to see whether McCaw can continue his form and captaincy in the impending world cup.