‘Never write off the All Blacks,’ warns Le Roux


Springbok fullback Willie le Roux says his team will not dare to underestimate the All Blacks during the World Cup final at Stade de France this weekend.

The Springboks and All Blacks compete on Saturday to become the first country to lift the World Cup trophy a fourth time.

“You can never write off the All Blacks,” said Le Roux in the run-up to the titanic battle.

“There is definitely a lot of respect between the All Blacks and Springboks.”

Le Roux admits that emotions have run “quite high” in the Bok camp in the last two weeks after the Springboks won the quarter- and semi-finals, against France (29-28) and England (16-15), respectively, by a single point. won.

“But when you walk off the field and go to sleep that night, you wake up the next morning and it’s the next task.

“This week is World Cup finals week. That highlight (of the quarter- and semi-finals) is over. We now have one task to focus on.”

Assistant coach Felix Jones, for his part, says the atmosphere in the Bok Camp “is as you would expect for a World Cup final.

“Everyone is terribly excited; everyone is sharply focused. Everyone will want to finish the practical details early in the week and concentrate on delivering an outstanding performance.”

Jones says the team is of course aware of the rivalry between the Boks and New Zealand. “They are aware that this is another time we will meet New Zealand in the final.

“It increases the excitement and it adds to the occasion.”