Francois Louw is well-aware that Saturday’s quarter-final against Wales could be won or lost at the breakdown.
“The breakdown will be crucial if we want to stop each other’s momentum in the game,” the 40-cap Springbok said.
He takes on Welsh captain, blindside flanker Sam Warburton, in what promises to be an epic tussle for possession.
Warburton has held the Welsh captaincy since 2011 and is one of the most-capped captains in the Rugby World Cup, having worn the armband ten times during two tournaments.
Tale of the Tape
|Francois Louw||Sam Warburton|
|Full name||Louis-Francois Pickard Louw||Sam Kennedy-Warburton|
|Date of birth||15 June 1985 (age 30)||5 October 1988 (age 27)|
|Place of birth||Cape Town, South Africa||Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Height||1.90 m||1.91 m|
|Weight||114 kg||106 kg|
|Clubs||Western Province, Stormers, Bath||Glamorgan Wanderers, Cardiff Blues|
|Debut||Wales v South Africa at Millennium Stadium, Jun 5, 2010||United States of America v Wales at Chicago, Jun 6, 2009|
|Test match tries||8||4|
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 15, 2015