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Meyer resists urge to make big changes for Bronze Final

Meyer is opting to stick largely with the team that narrowly lost last weekend to the All Blacks.

Springboks vs New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup semifinal at Twickenham on 24 October 2015. Picture: Rugby World Cup ‏@rugbyworldcup

LONDON - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes to his team for tomorrow' s third place Rugby World Cup play-off game against Argentina.

He's opting to stick largely with the team that narrowly lost last weekend to the All Blacks.

There had been an expectation that Meyer might look to give some players an opportunity that hadn't played much in this tournament.

But with captain Fourie du Preez ruled out with injury, Victor Matfield leads the side in what is likely to be his final test.

Meyer explains why he resisted the urge to make changes.

"Confession was there to have some fresh guys, but by saying that maybe people understood me wrong. I've always said playing for third and fourth and if you accept that, you'll never be a winner. And I've said it's never good enough for South Africa to compete for third and fourth and be happy about it."

The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 835.

There are 342 caps in the backline with 493 caps amongst the forwards.

On the bench there are a further 274 caps.

Only once before did South Africa and Argentina meet in a RWC tournament.

In 2007 they played in the semifinal at Stade de France while France and England contested the other semifinal.

South Africa won that match by 37-13.

BURGER'S FUTURE

Veteran Springbok loose-forward Schalk Burger says that he hasn't made up his mind yet as to whether he'll retire from international rugby after the tournament.

Burger's return to international level has been staggering following a life-threatening illness two years ago and statistically he's been the Springboks best performer at the World Cup.

The 32-year-old says that he will take his time before making any pronouncements on his future.

"I've not thought too much about it. I think we'll probably make a decision in the next month or so. But I think there are a lot of us that's looking to finish off and move on and I think this after the team's first loss against Japan, a lot of us put a lot of effort in turning that around and obviously we came two points against New Zealand."

Burger couldn't guarantee he would still be around at next year's rugby championships.

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