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Rugby World Cup: South Africa and Argentina set sights on third place

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By Euronews
Rugby World Cup: South Africa and Argentina set sights on third place

South Africa and Argentina will do battle in the Rugby World Cup’s third place play off on Friday at London’s Olympic Stadium.

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has made two changes from the side that lost to New Zealand with lock Victor Matfield replacing Lood de Jager in his final international rugby appearance and Ruan Pienaar in for injured scrum-half Fourie du Preez..

Matfield will also captain the two-time World Cup champions for his international swansong.

Bryan Habana is level with Jonah Lomu on 15 career world cup tries and will be looking to become the sole owner of that record on Friday.

Following their bruising semi-final defeat by Australia an injury-hit Argentina have made nine changes for the bronze medal match.

Notable changes include Lucas González Amorosino in at full back for Joaquin Tuculet and the old hands of Horacio Agulla in at the wing for Juan Imhoff.

The Pumas, who were third in 2007, will look to end their dazzling campaign on a high note and beat the Springboks for only the second time in their history and just two months after their first victory – Argentina beat South Africa in August on the final day of the 2015 Rugby Championship.