South Africa

Meyer: Current All Blacks team is the best in history

Heyneke Meyer has branded New Zealand the best side in rugby history - but still insisted South Africa can topple the defending champions in Saturday's World Cup semi-final.

Head coach Meyer admitted mistakes "over-motivating the team" in previous losses to the All Blacks, warning the Springboks to keep their cool this week.

Springboks face a tough task on Saturday.

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South Africa team to face New Zealand in semi-final

Influential lock Lood de Jager has boosted South Africa by beating his foot injury in time to start Saturday's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

South Africa face the All Blacks at Twickenham.

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Veteran lock Victor Matfield takes a seat on the bench, the 38-year-old primed for his 126th cap against the defending champions at Twickenham.

Hooker Bismarck du Plessis will also start for the Springboks, with the hand wound he sustained in 23-19 victory over Wales to be strapped up.

South Africa team to face New Zealand at Twickenham in Saturday's Rugby World Cup semi-final:

W Le Roux, JP Pietersen, J Kriel, D de Allende, B Habana, H Pollard, F du Preez (capt), T Mtawarira, B du Plessis, F Malherbe, E Etzebeth, L d Jager, F Louw, S Burger, D Vermeulen.

Replacements: A Strauss, T Nyankane, J du Plessis, V Matfield, W Alberts, R Pienaar, P Lambie, J Serfontein.

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Habana vows memory of murdered teacher will inspire Sprinboks

Bryan Habana has dedicated South Africa's World Cup semi-final to teacher Zukisa Kela, whose last words were "Go Springboks Go" before being drowned by a gang.

Habana opened South Africa's press conference on Tuesday by paying tribute to 25-year-old rugby coach Kela, who was tied up and thrown into a lake by a 12-strong gang.

Habana has dedicated the semi-final to teacher Zukisa Kela.

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Video: Gatland broken after last-gasp defeat

Wales coach Warren Gatland can't hide his disappointment after his side agonisingly lost.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland was hugely disappointed after South Africa snatched a late win to progress to the semi-finals, after his side looked set for a famous victory.

Video: Du Preez elated after late try seals win

Fourie du Preez reveals his delight after his late try broke Welsh hearts on Saturday.

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South African captain Fourie du Preez broke Welsh hearts at Twickenham with an opportunistic late try after Wales looked set for a shock win with a depleted side.