Breakdown battle: Louw vs Warburton

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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.

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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
National caps 40 59
Nickname Flo Avatar, Warbs
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



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