Corne Krige, as Springbok captain, will have a major public relations role to play during the tournament.
Debut: 19/6/99 v Italy
Past World Cups: 1999
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Krige and his side were heavily criticised after their defeat to England last November for their violent tactics, which was resurfaced in the second Tri-Nations game against Australia.
Krige and five team-mates were fined for their conduct against England, and a different approach to the game will be much sought after at the World Cup.
Krige remains a hefty tackler and strong attacking force when he plays the game to his full potential.
And the 28-year-old will have plenty to prove in the tournament having hinted he will retire from international rugby at the end of the trip to Australia.