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It’s Damian de Allende vs Bundee Aki on Saturday night. Photo: Rugbyrama.

Springboks v Ireland: De Allende to settle midfield maestros debate?

A supercharged Damian de Allende says he’s looking forward to lining up against Ireland centre Bundee Aki, who will earn his 50th Test cap against the Springboks this weekend.

Springboks vs Ireland centres

It’s Damian de Allende vs Bundee Aki on Saturday night. Photo: Rugbyrama.

De Allende and Aki will come up against each other in a rather enticing midfield duel at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday night in the Pool B Test between the Springboks and Ireland.

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In what is set to be one of the personnel battles in a war between n the world’s top two-ranked Test teams, the De Allende and Aki can finally put the best inside debate to rest when they finally go head-to-head. 

With both teams undefeated in their opening two matches, a victory this weekend could potentially secure the top spot in the group and influence the path to the final of the World Cup.

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Inside centre De Allende will face off with Ireland’s formidable Bundee Aki in Saint-Denis. De Allende, who has previously faced Aki during his time at Munster, acknowledges the Irishman’s exceptional form and the challenge that lies ahead.

“He’s always been up there with the best 12s in the world,” De Allende told reporters on Friday during a Bok media conference.

“I have played against him a few times at Munster but I don’t think he played in the game for Ireland at the Aviva [Stadium] last year. He is a fantastic player.

“I know it’s his 50th cap [on Saturday] and he’s going to be raring to go but I’m looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we won’t disappoint each other.”

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Springboks vs Ireland kick-off times across whole world
Springboks vs Ireland kick-off times all around the world.

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Springboks – 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 RG Snyman, 21 Marco van Staden, 22 Kwagga Smith, 23 Cobus Reinach.

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Ireland – 15 Hugo Keenan; 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe; 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Jamison Gibson-Park; 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony; 5 James Ryan, 4 Tadhg Beirne; 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 1 Andrew Porter.
Subs: 16 Dan Sheehan, 17 David Kilcoyne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Ryan Baird, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Jack Crowley, 23 Robbie Henshaw.

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