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Springboks regroup in Birmingham

The Boks vs Japan result will go down as one of the darkest in South Africa's rugby history.

FILE: It’s difficult to see Meyer not ring wholesale changes in light of that result but he will be boosted by the return of Willem Alberts. Picture: AFPN.

CAPE TOWN - The Springboks will be regrouping in Birmingham shell-shocked after their stunning 34 - 32 defeat to Japan in their world cup opener on Saturday in Brighton.

That result will arguably go down as one of the darkest in South African rugby history with Coach Heyneke Meyer apologising to the nation afterwards.

After a tough weekend for the team and the fans alike.

Without doubt, the Springboks loss to Japan would have been one of the lowest points of Meyer's coaching career, a result which has been viewed as unacceptable by South Africans across the board and was quite simply one of, if not, the biggest shock in the game's history.

Japan were full value for their victory with the Springboks needing to bounce back immediately in their next pool game against Samoa in Birmingham on Saturday to all but keep their World Cup hopes alive.

It's difficult to see Meyer not bring wholesale changes in light of that result, but he will be boosted by the return of Willem Alberts, who was a late withdrawal against Japan, 8th man Duane Vermeulen while starting berths for Damian de Allende, Fourie du Preez and Eben Etzebeth all beckon.

Yesterday in Pool B saw this Saturday's opponents Samoa edge the USA, while Scotland open their account against Japan on Wednesday.

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