New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has dismissed the notion that referees favour in-form teams and says comments by counterpart Rassie Erasmus ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup opener against South Africa were aimed at putting the match officials under pressure.
South African rugby coach, Rassie Erasmus, has announced an unchanged Springbok line-up for their World Cup opener against New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday.
New Zealand will be looking to capitalise on any unnecessary risks South Africa choose to take in their World Cup opener on Saturday according to boss Steve Hansen, who is hoping to lead the All Blacks to a third consecutive title in Japan.
Former Springboks captain and lock forward Victor Matfield has described the late Chester Williams as a great rugby ambassador to the South Africans and believes he will be sorely missed by those he has left behind.
Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has lauded head coach Rassie Erasmus for his transparency and the freedom he gives his players heading to the Rugby World Cup which gets underway on 20 September in Japan.