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The Two Greatest Teams in the History of Rugby Face Off on Saturday

The Two Greatest Teams in the History of Rugby Face Off on Saturday
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Tomorrow the Springboks host the All Blacks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, in what has been described by Sky Sports UK as a clash between the greatest two teams in the history of the sport. It’s top ranked vs second ranked in week two of the condensed Rugby Championship.

Above is the promo video for tomorrow’s match, a game that sees the two rivals face one another for the 90th time in Test rugby history. The Springboks won their last encounter in Johannesburg, when Pat Lambie slotted a last minute, 50m penalty kick winner.

Kickoff: 17:05 local time, 16:05 GMT

South Africa | Preview
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar (vice-captain), 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Francois Louw, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lionel Mapoe

New Zealand | Preview
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock   
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor 17 Wyatt Crockett,  18 Ben Franks,  19 Samuel Whitelock,  20 Victor Vito, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa

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  •  vladimir
    vladimir
    12:33 PM 25/07/2015

    Agreed.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos
    11:18 AM 25/07/2015

    Piss off Sky, with your silly hyperbole. It should be a cracking game between two extremely good teams - can't we just let the rugby do the talking? Bit annoying to see Rugbydump having to act as a mouthpiece for SkySports and their daft sensationalism, but I suppose if it allows me to see some footage of the games without having to fork out a small mortgage on satellite subscription that I don't want, then it's a reasonable price to pay.

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  •  reality
    reality
    9:12 AM 25/07/2015

    Is that 'historically the two greatest teams' or are they claiming that the current two teams are the best that have ever played? There'd be an argument to make for New Zealand being the best ever, although I definitely wouldn't agree, but the current South African team are definitely not the second best that there's ever been. Even the SA team of 2009 is better than the current one.

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