This weekend brings a host of sporting action to enjoy, including a Springbok clash that’s sure to be a cracker, a Afcon qualifier match-up that all eyes will be on, and another unmissable international rugby Test in Paris that will undoubtedly be packed full of entertainment.
England vs Springboks
If they’re to stand a chance at victory over England, the Springboks will need to up the quality of their performance following their defeat to the Irish in Dublin a week ago. Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has rung in a few changes, with the most notable being Patrick Lambie getting the starting-nod for the No. 10 jersey. He is partnered up with Cobus Reinach at scrumhalf to form the playmaking combination.
The big news coming out of the England camp is that Stuart Lancaster has included young Anthony Watson on the wing. Watson has proved to be an incredible attacking threat for Bath and Bryan Habana will need to be on close-watch against the 20-year-old Sevens speedster.
South Africa vs Sudan
It will be an emotional match for South Africa but the death of their captain could spur them on to give a passionate performance to follow through on what they started with Meyiwa. After drawing both home matches Bafana should come through with a win at home against the minnows.
For Sudan, coach Mohamed Abdallah will be looking for a way to improve his team’s dreadful away form. They have lost four out of four on the road but must beat South Africa away and then Congo at home on Wednesday to stand any hope of qualifying.
France vs Australia
The Wallabies have made a successful transition from a troublesome team admist off-field drama to a performing outfit in a short few weeks thanks to the arrival of Michael Cheika. Australia showed class to survive the Barbarians onslaught two weeks ago, and manage a solid win over Wales last Saturday.
France have seen many new faces for the November Test season, but they have all already proved that they belong. Young winger Teddy Thomas scored a hat-trick on debut, and South African-born Scott Spedding showed that he is of international quality playing in the No. 15 jersey, to the dismay of South African fans.