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Hello and welcome to the one we’ve all been ready for, the conflict of the pool levels, Ireland in opposition to South Africa in Paris.

Tonight, we will be spoiled. It shouldn’t be usually in the pool levels of the World Cup that the No 1 ranked facet faces the reigning world champions, however that’s precisely what’s occurring at the Stade de France.

Both groups are nearly at full energy, too – so it ought to be a cracker. There is extra stress on Ireland to win, nonetheless, given South Africa have already performed – and defeated – Scotland. A loss tonight to Andy Farrell’s facet and the stress will pile on them to defeat Scotland in the ultimate spherical of the pool levels, in what would in all probability be a straight knockout match.

This week, nonetheless, there has solely been one story on the town – and it has had nothing to do with Ireland. It has centred round the Springboks’ determination to pick out seven out of eight forwards on the bench.

On Friday, Mzwandile Stick, South Africa’s backs coach, defined that call: “It’s a World Cup, the biggest tournament you can get involved in. If you don’t get people talking about your team, then maybe you are doing something wrong. We just focus on our strengths and what works for us. Sometimes it is not always seven-one but, for this game, knowing the challenge that lies ahead and the quality of Ireland, we just wanted to make sure we have got fresh legs on the field.”

Ireland haven’t adopted swimsuit. In reality, Farrell has not even gone with a six-two break up, sticking with the standard 5 forwards and three backs. Paul O’Connell, Ireland’s forwards coach, says he has no drawback with the Springboks’ ways, focusing as a substitute on his personal squad.

“I don’t have a problem with it, that’s for sure,” O’Connell mentioned. “If you have guys to cover there, it makes sense, if you feel it gives you something, fair play to them. Our plan is five-three, theirs is seven-one. I don’t give it a whole lot more thought than that.”

Next, all the group information!