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Rugby World Cup: South Africa v Samoa - Springboks must do country proud, warns Jean de Villiers

By Staff Reporter

Published 26/09/2015

South Africa skipper Jean de Villiers says the Springboks have to make amends for their Japan defeat
South Africa skipper Jean de Villiers says the Springboks have to make amends for their Japan defeat
South Africa captain Jean 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."

Pool B: Villa Park, Birmingham, 4.45 pm (ITV)

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