Thu, Oct 11, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Argentine brothers ready to do battle


Argentina's Manuel, left, and Felipe Contepomi celebrate after defeating Scotland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, on Sunday.


Family honor as well as national pride will be on the line when Argentina tackle South Africa for a place in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Argentina, playing in their first semi-final, have never defeated the Springboks. But centers Felipe and Manuel Contepomi, who are twins, as well as Carlos Ignacio Fernandex Lobbe and younger brother Juan Martin, will go all out to change that.

South Africa could also see a pair of brothers in the fray at the Stade de France with tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis, a late replacement for BJ Botha, standing by if CJ van der Linde fails to recover from a knee injury.

Younger brother Bismarck, the team's back-up hooker, is hoping for a place on the bench.

Coincidentally, both Felipe Contepomi and Jannie du Plessis are doctors.

The Contepomi twins were born in Buenos Aires on Aug. 20, 1977.

Felipe, who plays for top Irish side Leinster, has 58 caps.

Manuel has played 36 Tests and is currently part of the Newman team in Buenos Aires, having previously starred for Bristol in England.

Manuel is fiercely protective of his brother, who has been criticized in the past for being unable to cope with big match pressure.

"If you try to pressure Felipe he is one of the players in this team that will handle it without any problems," Manuel said.

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