'Win over All Blacks vital'
Flanker Francois Louw says a win will be a huge confidence booster ahead of the World Cup.
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."