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'Win over All Blacks vital'

Flanker Francois Louw says a win will be a huge confidence booster ahead of the World Cup.

Springbok player Francois Louw. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok flanker Francois Louw on Friday told EWN Sport that a win over the All Blacks this weekend is vital for the evolution of the Springbok team.

Louw is currently sidelined with a neck injury.

The player believes a win is important ahead of next year's world cup in England.

The Boks are still sweating over the availability of Duane Vermeulen who sustained a rib injury.

The All Blacks will definitely be without prop Wyatt Crockett and lock Brodie Retallick.

Louw says a win will be a huge confidence booster.

"Playing the All Blacks, that's our biggest game we have as a side. That's the biggest test that a South African player has. Regardless of when the last win was, every test is important to us. It's vitally important that we get a victory over them. I think it will prove good for our confidence ahead of the World Cup next year."

Louw believes the Boks have a good chance of beating the All Blacks.

"This is a massive game. I think all South Africans know how much rests on a game like this. It's a massive occasion and I really think we have a shot at taking victory."

Louw says even without Retallick and Crockett, the All Blacks remain a dangerous side.

"Those two guys are obviously two starters for them. They've managed to build depth over the last few years and I think they have solid replacements. Whichever side they bring, we need to make sure we execute our systems well."

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