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Smit, Els give Boks inspirational talk

TWICKENHAM, England – South Africa's rugby team was given some pre-match inspiration on the eve of its final game of 2012 by two of the country's most famous sports stars.

Reigning British Open champion Ernie Els turned up with the claret jug at Twickenham on Friday during the Springboks' final training session ahead of the test match against England.

South Africa's rugby team was given some pre-match inspiration on the eve of its final game of 2012 by two of the country's most famous sports stars. Photo by Jan Kruger. Credit: Getty Images

Also present was John Smit, South Africa's World Cup-winning captain from 2007 who handed out the jerseys to the players.

Smit, who plays in England with Saracens, told the Springboks to “embrace” the pressure and “privilege you have of pulling that green and gold jersey over your head and representing millions of South Africans.”

Els owns a house in nearby Wentworth, the headquarters of the European Tour. – Sapa-AP

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