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Springbok legend gives predictions on Rugby World Cup

“We're playing Ireland in the third pool match and that’s going to be a really tough game which will determine where we end up."

As we near the Rugby World Cup’s kick-off, excitement continues to grow as fans prepare to back the Bokke.

Set to kick off on September 8 in France, the globally anticipated tournament will see 20 nations take to the field in the 10th edition of the men’s Rugby World Cup.

Over the 51 days, 48 matches are expected to be played as countries compete for the Webb-Ellis Cup.

South Africa is in Pool B which includes Ireland, Scotland, Tonga and Romania.

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At Reddam House Bedfordview’s recent Sevens Festival, Bedfordview and Edenvale News had the opportunity to speak to former Springbok player Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira about his thoughts about the World Cup and his hopes for South Africa.

Mtawarira said he hopes the Bokke go the whole distance.

“I see the Boks going the whole distance. It’s going to be tough and it’s not going to be easy but I believe that they can defy the odds and bring the Webb Ellis trophy home,” said Mtawarira.

In his opinion, Ireland will be a tough team to beat in the pool games.

“We’re playing Ireland in the third pool match and that’s going to be a really tough game which will determine where we end up.

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“It will determine whether SA faces France or New Zealand in the quarter-finals. These could be like a final,” he said.

Mtawarira believed if SA can get over the hurdles of beating Ireland, France or New Zealand, the country stands a great chance of winning the World Cup.

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