South Africa vs. World XV: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Rugby Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 5, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 14:  Victor Matfield smiles during the 2012 Super Rugby match between MTN Lions and Vodacom Bulls at Coca Cola Park on April 14, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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South Africa's mid-year internationals get underway on Saturday when they welcome Nick Mallett's World XV to Cape Town before taking on Wales and Scotland in their summer Tests.

Heyneke Meyer has implemented some surprising changes in his Springboks squad ahead of this weekend's clash, bringing both old faces and new into his side for what should make for some intriguing experimentation.

Read on for details of all the viewing information ahead of the Newlands Stadium collision, as well as a breakdown of which players and head-to-head battles will be worth keeping an eye on.


Date: Saturday, June 7

Time: 4 p.m. BST, 11 a.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK, subscription required), SuperSport app (SA, subscription required), no US stream available

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport 1 (SA), no US broadcast available


Key Players To Watch

South Africa: Victor Matfield

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In culmination of a remarkable return to rugby, the once retired Victor Matfield has not only made his way back into the South Africa setup, but as BBC Sport announce, the veteran will captain his side in the absence of Jean de Villiers this summer. 

At 37 years of age, Matfield has shown few signs of weariness after coming back to the Super Rugby stage with the Bulls in recent months.

And as Planet Rugby's Ben Coles states, his lock partnership alongside Bakkies Botha has an air of the old-fashioned about it:

As exciting as the recall is, this South African squad is far from the youngest around, and it will be interesting to see how so many sets of old legs last on Saturday. But Matfield has shown this term that his standards haven't slipped, temporary retirement be damned.


World XV: Rory Kockott

Having failed to earn Meyer's recognition as a Springbok, Rory Kockott will take to Cape Town with an added incentive to impress against the stars of his native South Africa on Saturday.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17:   Glenn Dickson of Northampton Saints tangles with Rory Kockott of Castres Olympique during the Heineken Cup pool 1 match at Franklin's Gardens on January 17, 2014 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty
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The unpredictable half-back may be deserving of international recognition for some, having stood as a leading figure for Castres in their run to the Top 14 playoffs this season, but Kockott will get a chance to impress Meyer first-hand in the coming days. quotes the scrum-half in hinting at what the future may hold for his representation, with France presumably more than happy to snap up his talents on residency laws:

That has been the question I have been asked most in the last year. It is part of the sport we play nowadays, it is part of a career it takes turns and twists. For me I think the logical decision will prevail at the end of the day.

I don't think it is up to me, I will just do what I have to do in my position and what comes from this week or this match depends certainly not on my choices but the choices of the people that are in a position to make the choices.

From that, Kockott would appear to suggest that if the Springboks call were to come, he would answer it willingly, and so the creative technician will more than likely be out to impress against his country of birth.


Key Battle

Francois Louw vs. Steffon Armitage

Harry Abbott of The Bath Chronicle has confirmed that Francois Louw will start for South Africa on Saturday, advancing the prospect of a collision against newly crowned European Player of the Year Steffon Armitage.

CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 24:  Steffon Armitage of Toulon runs with the ball during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium on May 24, 2014 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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The Rec figurehead has done a sensational job of maintaining his loyalties with both club and country in the past, but there couldn't be a more in-form challenge coming in Louw's direction on Saturday.

Rugby World's Charlie Morgan hypes up what promises to be a tremendous battle between two well-rounded back-row bastions:

Armitage has been terrific in a Heineken Cup/Top 14 double-winning season for Toulon, and not long after sealing that twosome of trophies, the England international is back in the mix to feature this summer.