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Rugby Union: World cup 2003 - Springboks play down Krige woe.

SPRINGBOK coach Rudolf Straeuli last night played down fitness fears surrounding his World Cup captain Corne Krige.

Straeuli insisted Krige, who sits out SOUTH AFRICA'S Pool C opener against Uruguay tomorrow, will be fit for the Subiaco Oval showdown with England next week despite suffering ``hamstring cramp''.

Captaincy duties fall to Joost van der Westhuizen.

Straeuli claimed Krige's problems were ``not serious'' and said: ``He will definitely be ready to play next week.''

The Springboks refused to respond to the latest allegations of racism in their camp.

Uruguay,meanwhile,are determined to relish the occasion.

``There are very few opportunities in your life when you get to play a great team like South Africa,'' said Uruguay skipper Diego Aguirre.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2003
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