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De Luca: We can beat Boks

SCOTLAND centre Nick De Luca says his side are more than capable of achieving victory over South Africa tomorrow as they try to claim a second seed berth for the World Cup in 2015.

The Scots need to win tomorrow and beat Tonga next week to have any chance of dislodging either Ireland or Argentina from the top eight in the IRB World Rankings and get into Pot Two for December's World Cup draw, but De Luca says his side are not focused on that.

"There's no need to win it for the World Cup. We need to win it because collectively we want to win," he said.

"We think we're good enough to beat South Africa.

"If we manage to get top eight for the World Cup seedings that's great, but in three years' time the top eight might not be the top eight anymore. We need to go out and concentrate on this game.

"We're looking for a win to beat this team, not necessarily for the World Cup pools.

South Africa made two changes from the side that beat Ireland last week at the Aviva for tomorrow's Test, giving starts to France-based prop Gurthro Steenkamp and Currie Cup-winning centre Juan de Jongh.

SCOTLAND v SOUTH AFRICA, Murrayfield, Tomorrow (2.30) BBC1

France focused on Puma test

FRANCE v ARGENTINA

Lille, Tomorrow (8.0) Setanta 1

Lock Yoann Maestri has returned from a back injury to replace Jocelino Suta in the only change to the France team which thrashed Australia for tomorrow's Test.

Australia were crushed 33-6 last Saturday for France's biggest win against the Wallabies since 1976, with fly-half Frederic Michalak orchestrating the win and No 8 Louis Picamoles scoring a try to cap dominance in the pack.

"We went for continuity, we don't have much time (to prepare matches)," France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

"We don't want to change the spine of the team for this match. We tried to keep the balance."

The victory against Australia moved France up one place in the rankings from fifth to provisional fourth and increased their chances of being among the top four seeds for the 2015 World Cup when the draw is made next month -- thus avoiding the southern hemisphere favourites in the group stage.

Argentina have won four of the last seven meetings between the sides.


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