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England and Wales can beat South Africa claims Joel Stransky

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World Cup winner Joel Stransky has claimed that the current South African side will struggle to beat England, Wales or Italy ahead of their Tests against the nations this month.

Stransky, who won the World Cup with South Africa in 1995, famously scoring all of South Africa’s points in the final, described the current South African squad as “average” and a “great concern.”

"I don't think this is a team that can beat England," he said, via BBC.

He then added: "It's a team that will struggle against Wales. It's a team that might even struggle against Italy. The likelihood is we are going to experience defeat."

The South African national team suffered their heaviest ever home defeat, at the hands of New Zealand, last month in a 57-15 rout, a result Stransky described as “a proper slap in the face.”

The South African squad has suffered after losing several key players following last year’s Rugby World Cup in England, including senior players such as Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers.


"Three years ago we had a really good side. Five years ago we had a great side. Now we have a very average side" said Stransky.

"They're not particularly well coached, but if you look at the 15 players who are going to take to the field, it's not a team that can win a World Cup.”

"It's not a group of players who are going to put fear into the opposition and that for us is a great concern."

Embrace the culture

Stransky, 49, then went on to say that he believed that some of the younger players coming through the national set up had to "embrace the Springbok culture a little bit better and put their bodies and hearts on the line."

What do you make of the current South Africa squad? Can England and Wales beat the Springboks this month? Have YOUR say in the comments below.

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