Former Springboks captain and lock forward, Victor Matfield, has commended Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus and his squad going into the world showpiece. The former Blue Bulls stalwart, who was part of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph, says he believes there are a number of teams that can beat any other team on any given day at the tournament.

The Springboks first face New Zealand; before turning their attention to neighbours Namibia, Italy and then finish their group games against Canada.  Should the Boks win all their group games, Erasmus’s men could face either Scotland or Ireland in the quarter-finals.

Matfield, a three-time Vodacom Super Rugby title winner with the Bulls, says Handre Pollard must be the first choice fly-half during the two-month long tournament.

Matfield has also extended his condolences to the Williams family, this after the passing of Chester Williams.

He described the late Williams as a great rugby ambassador to the South Africans and believes he will be sorely missed by those he has left behind. Williams, who passed away last Friday after suffering from a heart attack, joins a number of other world-cup winning Springboks such as Jooste van der Westhuizen and James Small, who have passed. – Report by Thando Gqamane