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WalesThe Springboks completed a successful first match of their season on Saturday against Nick Mallet’s World XV at Newlands but the first proper international action for them starts this weekend as the Castle Lager Incoming Series gets underway with a Test against Wales in Durban on Saturday.

There often is debate and criticism about the make up of squads that Northern Hemisphere countries send on these mid-year tours which take place after their taxing domestic seasons. This year though the two teams due to play against South Africa have got good reason to be fielding teams which are going to be under strength in certain areas. The Test against Scotland falls outside the international window and so their players who ply their trade outside Scotland will not be making the trip over. The tour for Wales has been made much harder due to numerous injuries, no least to inspirational captain Sam Warburton.

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Nick MallettSouth AfricaFormer Springbok coach Nick Mallett believes the players selected for his World XV squad are in top form for their match against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday 7 June.

The squad of 23 players, comprising of Test stars from New Zealand, France, Australia, Ireland, Samoa, Tonga, Georgia and South Africa, boasts a total of 707 caps between them.

“The group of players who have been selected for this match are not only very experienced, but are all in very good form at the moment,” said Mallett.

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Heyneke MeyerNick MallettSouth AfricaSpringbok coach Heyneke Meyer will start his international season by going head to head against his friend and former boss Nick Mallett at Newlands on 7 of June.

The South African Rugby Union confirmed that the Springboks will open their international season against a World XV – coached by former Springbok coach and SuperSport rugby expert Mallett before heading into tests against Wales and Scotland in the June international window.

The game will be at Newlands – and not the Cape Town Stadium – as initially reported with tickets going on sale Monday for the clash, priced at R250 and R350.

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Vodacom Blue BullsMTN Golden LionsBlue Bulls Under 19 – (21) 35 / 23 (9) – Golden Lions Under 19 (Final Score)

The Vodacom Blue Bulls Under 19 and MTN Golden Lions Under 19 did battle in the Currie Cup Under 19 Final at

Newlands, Cape Town at 12:30 SA Time (10:30 GMT).

 

 

DHL WPVodacom Blue BullsWestern Province Under 21 – (16) 30 / 23 (13) – Blue Bulls Under 21 (Final Score)

DHL Western Province Under 21 and Vodacom Blue Bulls Under 21 did battle in the Currie Cup Under 21 Final at

Newlands, Cape Town at 14:30 SA Time (12:30 GMT).

 

This was the live match discussion Article.

The matches were broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & SHD on TV in SA.

ABSA Currie CupOnly 5 days remain before the Currie Cup final where we will see DHL Western Province take on The Sharks.

There has been quite a debate going on since Saturday and everyone has their views and thoughts on who the victor will be.

Put your skills to the test here to predict who will eventually walk away with glory and the bragging rights in the competition for 2013. Voting is open to Guests and Members of Rugby-Talk.

 

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Voting for the Poll will close at 17:15 on Saturday 26 October 2013.

Ewen McKenzieEwen McKenzie has not had the start he wanted in his first 10 weeks as Australia coach but, rejecting any talk of crisis, the former test prop is busy plotting a first win over South Africa in Cape Town in two decades.

McKenzie’s appointment in the wake of the British and Irish Lions series defeat provoked a wave of optimism in Australia but that was quickly dissipated by two defeats at the hands of New Zealand and a humbling 38-12 home loss to the Springboks.

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