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Louw relishes unexpected call-up for Springboks

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Sportal.co.nz     13 Sep 2012     Getty Images

As a result, after a second half cameo in the loss to Australia in Perth, he now finds himself facing another breakdown duel with the New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

"Obviously I was hoping to play for the Boks again and just happy to be called up to join the guys over here," he said.

Louw said he didn't like to pigeon hole himself as an openside flanker only, he preferred to regard himself as an all-round loose forward.

"This is the role I have to play this weekend and obviously it is the role I am going to," he said.

"It's always a good challenge [playing McCaw], he's an amazing player, obviously one of the best in the world, ever perhaps. You've got to watch out for him, he's going to give it his all as he has done throughout his career," he said.

Liam Messam, New Zealand's blindside flanker, was another top player who had done well to come through with the Chiefs. He was a good ball carrier, good at defence as well and could definitely provide a good link between the forwards and the backs, Louw said.

After a draw with Argentina and Saturday's loss to Australia, the Springboks were focusing on themselves, their game plan and their need to get a win from New Zealand.

"We have to look at this as a new game and approach in that way," he said when adding that it was all very well to harp on about the past but the team was approaching the game in the 'now'.

Louw didn't think having been playing in the northern hemisphere would be an issue for him. While there were always comparisons being made between the two styles of rugby, he said things never changed for the loose forwards. It was all about the breakdown and defence and providing options on running lines.