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Looking ahead to the France vs South Africa Rugby Test

136   //    01 Dec 2017, 02:50 IST

France vs South Africa rugby
France vs South Africa

The stumbling France will be given a stern test of their strength in the much-anticipated match against their longtime rivals the Springboks. South Africa, who will be facing New Zealand in their final season game, have always produced spectacular results in this fixture. The French men had lost to the Boks 10-19 in their latest match.

The Boks are historically recognized for the integral part they played in the creation of the Rugby World Cup even though they did not participate in the first two campaigns. They play in green jerseys with gold collars alongside green socks and white shorts.

Head coach Allister Coetze named his 34-man squad on the 29th of October this year; the Springboks are a team with relatively strong defense and one of the most dangerous attacks. On many occasions the Boks have scored their tries via wingers showing their great skills in ball handling and speed in delivering. South Africa also have accurate penalty takers who have delivered in massive games.

The Frenchmen on the other hand have an organized attack based on dead-ball situations, largely line-outs and scrum downs, and their ability to deliver through the forwards. This has helped them become regular winners of Rugby Six Nations, bagging 16 titles so far.

The last five ties between the two teams have seen South Africa edge France 3-2. The Springboks thrashed France 37-14 in Loftus Versfeld Stadium. The other results between the two sides are France's home loss 10-19 and France being demolished 42-17 in a test match by the Boks, while they registered two wins with margins of 20-13 and 26-23.

The visiting team look strong and are favorites to win after a hotly contested game, the odds falling to 60-40 in favour of the Springboks The kickoff is at 7:45 pm local time from Stade de France stadium. You can catch live coverage of the match on Euro sport, Sky sports and Bein sports.

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