South African mixed martial artist Dricus du Plessis will raise the flag ahead of the Springboks’ match against the All Blacks at Ellis Park.
Du Plessis made South Africa proud with a 3-0 record in the UFC at the world’s largest MMA promotion.
The Springboks may want to channel the toughness of Du Plessis, whose recent UFC bout was a bloody battle of attrition.
Dricus du Plessis carries the flag for the Springboks
Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi is expected to face a backlash after a 26-10 rout at Mbombela last week.
“We saw last week’s game, but we can’t stay too long on this result,” Collisi said.
“New Zealand is a very good team and they are one step away from turning things around.
“As far as we are concerned, we had a good review of last week’s game and we feel there is a lot of room for improvement.”
Assistant coach Mzwandile Stick shared that sentiment and identified Richie Mo’unga as a game-changer for the Kiwi.
“The All Blacks are a world class team and if Rich Moeng adds to the flyhalf they will be more dangerous. He can combine his game with kicking and running so he will bring some to the team different things.
“We know for a fact that we can’t shut them down for a moment because they have world-class players who can punish you. It’s going to be a huge challenge and we have to be at the top of the game to beat them.
“This is the first time we have back-to-back Tests with the All Blacks at home in my lifetime with the Bok and we know it’s going to be a big challenge, but we’re going to give it our all and do well. We have a massive Travel, but we don’t want to look too far.
“Emirates Park is a big venue for both teams. I will of course never forget the 1995 Rugby World Cup final with Nelson Mandela on the field and Joel Stlansky scoring.
“However, the most important factor for us is to keep building and hopefully we can do that and the scoreboard will take care of itself.”