Friday, May 25, 2007

RP: Springboks vs. England preview

Rugby Planet has just posted Saturdays' South Africa vs. England test match preview. Here're the starting line-ups:

South Africa: 1. Deon Carstens, 2. John Smit (c), 3. BJ Botha, 4. Bakkies Botha, 5. Victor Matfield, 6. Schalk Burger, 7. Juan Smith, 8. Danie Rossouw, 9. Ricky Januarie, 10. Butch James, 11. Bryan Habana, 12. Jean de Villiers, 13. Wynand Olivier, 14. Ashwin Willemse, 15. Percy Montgomery. Reserves: 16. Gurthro Steenkamp, 17. Gary Botha, 18. CJ van der Linde, 19. Johann Muller, 20. Pierre Spies, 21. Ruan Pienaar, 22. Francois Steyn.

England: 1. Nick Wood, 2. Mark Regan, 3. Stuart Turner, 4. Dean Schofield, 5. Alex Brown, 6. Chris Jones, 7. Andy Hazell, 8. Nick Easter, 9. Peter Richards, 10. Jonny Wilkinson, 11. Jason Robinson (c), 12. Andy Farrell, 13. Mathew Tait, 14. Iain Balshaw, 15. Mike Brown. Reserves: 16. Matt Cairns, 17. Darren Crompton, 18. Roy Winters, 19. Pat Sanderson, 20. Andy Gomarsall, 21. Toby Flood, 22. A N Other.

Date: Saturday, 26 May
Venue: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15:00 local (13:00 GMT) 09:00 AM ET (Toronto, New York)
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Joël Jutge (France), Malcolm Changleng (Scotland)
Television match official: Derek Bevan (Wales)
Assessor: Tappe Henning (South Africa)

RP prediction. Boks by 35 points (!!).

Read the entire Rugby Planet preview here.

ADD Rugby Heaven preview here.

Mediazone Rugby Channel will be carrying the game live stream online, kick-off at 09:00 AM ET (New York, Toronto, etc.). Cost is USD$9.99 (bit steeper than usual.)

Looks like Setanta Sports will also be carrying it live online. Go here for more details.


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