Kolisi promises Boks will give it their all in final World Cup warm-up

Kolisi promises Boks will give it their all in final World Cup warm-up

It doesn't get much bigger than a match against the All Blacks at a sold-out Twickenham, and Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has assured fans they will be holding nothing back come Friday.

Kolisi reiterated that while it may be their last warm-up game, the Boks would give everything as they looked to finetune their game before the World Cup, and they couldn't ask for more perfect preparation than a match against a fully-loaded All Blacks side.

"The fact that the All Blacks selected a full-strength side for the match shows their intent," said Kolisi.

"This is not a friendly. In fact, we've never had a friendly against them. It's going to be a big physical battle, and we are excited about it.

"We will not hold back at all. There are 80 000 people coming to the match and we owe it to them to give our all. There are also not many opportunities such as this to face the All Blacks in the northern hemisphere, so it's going to be a special game.

"It's also our last match before the Rugby World Cup, so we want to make the most of the occasion. Hopefully it will be an ugly, tough game, but beautiful at the same time."

Stick expected an equally epic challenge and said: "Playing against the All Blacks is always tough. So, this will be a good measure for the guys to test themselves before the World Cup."

The Bok assistant coach also weighed in on Canan Moodie's positional switch from wing to centre, where he will join forces with Andre Esterhuizen.

"We've seen Canan's potential in the last two seasons and what he can do at wing," he said. "If one looks at the way we defend, it's one of the toughest positions to play, and he's shown his potential to make big reads there, so hopefully by bringing him closer in this week, he'll be even better.

"I believe he has the potential to become a great outside centre."

On a personal note, Kolisi was pleased with the progress he was making after a strong return last weekend from a serious knee injury, and said he was ready to step things up a gear on Friday.

"I felt good this week, and going into the match I'll give as much as I can again, and see for how long I can go," said Kolisi. "Everything I wondered about I experienced last week, so I am certainly feeling more confident and I'm not going to hold back."