This weekend brings a host of sporting action to enjoy, including a Springbok clash that’s sure to be a cracker, a Premier League match-up that all eyes will be on, and another unmissable international rugby Test in Cardiff that will undoubtedly be packed full of entertainment.
Italy vs Springboks
The Springboks didn’t have the best start to their November tour, enduring a loss to a strong Irish side in Dublin, but the Boks have got back on track with an impressive victory over England one week ago. However, this weekend sees many changes to Heyneke Meyer’s side that will take on Italy.
Trevor Nyakane will start his first Test for South Africa at loosehead prop, while Coenie Oosthuizen moves up from the bench to replace the injured Jannie du Plessis at tighthead. Teboho ‘Oupa’ Mohoje returns to the starting line-up while Johan Goosen has been selected at fullback.
It should be a match full of running rugby and, more than that, will give the fringe players a chance to showcase their skills.
Arsenal vs Manchester United
Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal will meet at the Emirates for the first time Saturday when Arsenal versus Manchester United crashes into a new era.
However, the current Manchester United crop are not living up to that lofty standard. Van Gaal’s side have just four wins from their opening 11 games of the campaign and are seventh, one point behind Arsenal (4-5-2).
Robin van Persie scored the winner at Old Trafford last time out, making it three goals in his first three appearances for United against his former club. This time around, however, Arsenal will be looking for inspiration from a striker who moved in the opposite direction – Danny Welbeck.
Wales vs All Blacks
The All Blacks travel to Cardiff to face off against Wales, who were unable to defeat Australia in their opening match of the November tours, but bounced back against Fiji last week.
A key battle that all eyes will be on will be in the midfield, where Jamie Roberts will come up against Sonny Bill Williams – two massive centres oozing with talent.
All Blacks flanker Richie McCaw will also celebrating his 100th Test as captain of his country – an incredible milestone in world rugby.