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Friday Oct 23, 2015

AUDIO: Hear from coaches and players ahead of Rugby World Cup Semifinals

Ahead of this weekend’s big Rugby World Cup semifinals, below is a chance for you to catch up on the latest press conferences featuring three of the four teams that will be taking part.

On Saturday it’s South Africa vs New Zealand, then followed on Sunday by Australia vs Argentina.

Note: Audio only below, and nothing from Argentina as of yet. We’ll update when possible.

 

Hansen relaxed but wary of South Africa (15:47)

Here’s New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen, having named his starting XV to face Rugby Championship rivals South Africa in Saturday’s opening World Cup semi final at Twickenham.

All Blacks Team:
Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw – captain, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Daniel Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ben Smith Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams

 

Springboks primed for All Black test (19:50)

Listen to South African head coach Heyneke Meyer and prop Bismark du Plessis talking to the media, after naming their starting XV to face New Zealand in Saturday’s World Cup semi final.

Sprinbok Team:
Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen, Jesse Kriel, Damian De Allende, Bryan Habana, Handré Pollard, Fourie du Preez (captain), Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger (vice-captain), Francois Louw, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Jannie du Plessis, Victor Matfield, Willem Alberts, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan Serfontein

 

Wallabies ready to rock and roll (13:53)

Australian centre Matt Giteau and flanker Scott Fardy address the media, ahead of facing Rugby Championship rivals Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup semi final at Twickenham.

Wallabies team:
James Slipper, Stephen Moore (c), Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Tevita Kuridrani, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Israel Folau, Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Toby Smith, Greg Holmes, Dean Mumm, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale

 

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