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Springboks, Argentina ready for rugby battle

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Published on August 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:29s

Springboks, Argentina ready for rugby battle

Argentina are heading to South Africa to 'prove a point' and avenge a home drubbing, according to Springboks captain Schalk Brits.

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Springboks, Argentina ready for rugby battle

VIDEO SHOWS: SOUTH AFRICA AND ARGENTINA RUGBY TEAMS TRAINING / INTERVIEWS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN AND ARGENTINE PLAYERS SHOWS: PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (AUGUST 16, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

WIDE OF SPRINGBOKS RUGBY TEAM ON FIELD 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPRINGBOK RUGBY CAPTAIN, SCHALK BRITS, SAYING: "I mean, they'll be hurting from last weekend's performance and I definitely think they're coming here to prove a point, they're fighting hard for possessions and it's going to be a tough match tomorrow.

They may change on certain technical things but in essence, they're a very physical and hard working team.

I've experienced playing for the Bulls with them and they beat us twice so it's going to be a tough battle tomorrow and hopefully we can put a performance together that everyone will be proud of." 3.

ARGENTINA RUGBY TEAM PLAYERS IN SCRUM POSITION WHILE COACH WATCHES ON 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ARGENTINA RUGBY CAPTAIN, PABLO MATERA, SAYING: "We are preparing a game to play against the Springboks in South Africa, what is better than that?

It's a great challenge for us and it's a great opportunity as well to continue preparing for the World Cup and to continue working in our, what we want to do in the games so I think it's a big opportunity and everything is positive." STORY: Argentina are heading to South Africa to 'prove a point' and avenge a home drubbing, according to Springboks captain Schalk Brits.

The Argentines are seeking to end an eight-game losing streak in Saturday's (August 17) one-off test against the Boks, having lost 46-13 to the same opposition in their final Rugby Championship clash in Salta last weekend.

But Brits warned his team mates to expect a tough match at the weekend.

Argentina have made a late change to their match day squad for the test with South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, after experienced hooker Agustin Creevy returned home for personal reasons.

Former captain Creevy is likely to be the starting hooker at the World Cup in Japan next month, but was named on the bench for the clash with the Springboks in a much-changed side chosen by coach Mario Ledesma.

Julian Montoya was selected to start, with Creevy's place on the bench now taken by Santiago Socino, who made his test debut against Australia last month.

Argentina are seeking to end an eight-game losing streak in Saturday's one-off test against the Boks, having lost 46-13 to the same opposition in their final Rugby Championship clash in Salta last weekend.

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