Springboks arrive in NZ

2011-09-03 08:26

Wellington – South Africa coach Peter de Villiers says the Springboks are no longer the best team in the world as they arrive in New Zealand to defend their Rugby World Cup title.

The Springboks landed in Wellington in the early hours of this morning to a raucous welcome from more than 200 fans. South Africa plays Wales in its first World Cup match on September 11.

De Villiers said “our preparations are sound and we’re looking forward to this but we all know that New Zealand are still the favourites in their own country and are still No. 1 in the world.”

He said the Springboks 18-5 win over the All Blacks three weeks ago would count for nothing at the World Cup.

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