South Africa

South Africa Tri Nations 2012 Rugby Union

The re-emergence of the South African Rugby team in recent years has been nothing short of fantastic for a nation steeped in rugby history. Prior to the apartheid, the Springboks were forces to be reckoned with at every level of International rugby. However, in 1981 they were banned from playing international competition by the International Rugby Board and not readmitted until 1992.

It was not until the 1995 Rugby World Cup that South Africa rediscovered their form of years gone by, winning the tournament as the host country. An achievement that is undoubtedly the greatest in South African sporting history.

Latest South Africa Tri Nations Rugby Championship Odds

In 1996 they were founder members of the Tri Nations Series along with Australia and New Zealand. The Springboks won the Tri Nations Championship for the first time in 1998 and again for the second and last time in 2004. Perhaps their best performance in the Tri Nations was back in 2009 when they won the tournament after defeating the British Lions in a stellar season for the Springboks. They have struggled to reach those heights since though and their campaign in 2010 was well below their best, they will be hoping to bounce back in 2011 as they get ready to defend their World title.

South Africa 2012 Tri Nations Betting

There is no doubt that coach, Peter de Villiers has his side extremely well drilled and well motivated as they have looked unplayable, at times over the past couple of years following their World Cup win. Although not scoring too many tries but with the intensity of their play, they are forcing the opposition into indiscipline and mistakes.

It is little wonder why they are the second favourites in the Tri Nations Betting to win their second Tri Nations in three years but they face an uphill task against an All Blacks side hungry for success ahead of the World Cup.

2012 South Africa Tri Nations Rugby Championship Squad

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