Springboks to open 2019 Rugby World Cup against the All Blacks
Coetzee not phased by the task at hand
“We play the number one side in the world at the moment and we are aware how good they are.” – he said.
“The Test match in Cape Town has given our players a lot of belief and if we keep on improving then it will make for an even more interesting match.
“We are really excited to meet them first up, there is a great and proud rivalry between the Springboks and All Blacks and judging by past encounters between the two sides, this opening group match is bound to be another massive contest.”
Coetzee also commented on the rest of his side’s opponents and stated that they won’t be taking any team lightly.
“If you look at the November Tests in the Northern Hemisphere, you will see how competitive each of those test matches are. We have a lot of respect for all the teams in our pool and it important to have prepared very well for each match.” – he said.
The Springboks and the All Blacks will be meeting for the first time in the round robin stages of the Rugby World Cup, having previously met in each of the knockout stages of the tournament. The last time these two sides met in the competition was in the semi-final at Twickenham in the 2015 edition – a match where South Africa were knocked out by the eventual champions.
Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup schedule
Saturday, 21 September: South Africa vs New Zealand, International Stadium Yokohama – 11h45 (Central African Time)
Saturday, 28 September: South Africa vs Africa 1, City of Toyota Stadium – 11h45 (CAT)
Friday, 4 October: South Africa vs Italy, Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa – 11h45 (CAT)
Tuesday, 8 October: South Africa vs Repechage winner, Kobe Misaki Stadium – 12h15 (CAT)
The quarter-finals are scheduled for 19 and 20 October (in Oita and Tokyo), followed by the two semi-finals on 26 and 27 October (both in Yokohama) and the 3rd/4th place play-off on 1 November (in Tokyo).