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Boks' head coach Meyer will keep De Villiers as skipper

Heyneke Meyer will put his job on the line by keeping faith with "fighter" and captain Jean De Villiers for South Africa's crucial World Cup clash with Samoa.

South Africa face Samoa at Villa Park on Saturday, desperate to grind their World Cup campaign back into gear after last weekend's stunning 34-32 defeat to Japan.

South Africa are keeping faith with Jean De Villiers.

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HT: South Africa 12 - 10 Japan

The Japanese are giving as good as they get in their opening match against the Springboks in Brighton and Hove.

South African skipper Jean de Villiers being challenged by Japan captain Leitch

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Could the underdogs be set to cause one of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history after taking the early lead and bringing down their opponents with low tackles and an almost impenetrable defence?

The South African's lead by just two points as we break for half time.

'Winning is the only focus for South Africa' - Handre Pollard

Handre Pollard has vowed South Africa will unite under the common cause of World Cup glory, despite political wrangling over their very presence at the tournament.

Fly-half Pollard pledged the Springboks will leave the politicking out of their World Cup campaign, that starts with Saturday's clash with Japan in Brighton.

Handre Pollard said 'politics is for the politicians to sort out' after it was deemed the Springboks didn't have enough black players

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