Springboks make six changes for must-win game against Italy

first_imgTOYOTA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 28: Jacques Nienaber (Defence Coach) of South Africa chats to the players during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B match between South Africa and Namibia at City of Toyota Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Toyota, Japan. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images) TOYOTA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 28: Makazole Mapimpi of South Africa celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s seventh try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Namibia at City of Toyota Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Tendai Mtawarira, Bongo Mbonambi, Lood de Jager, Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am are the only players retained in South Africa’s starting XV for Friday’s must-win Pool B match against Italy at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.In all, South Africa’s rugby coach Rassie Erasmus made six changes to the side that started in the 57-3 win against Namibia at the Toyota Stadium on Saturday.Of particular interest in the latest 23-man squad is the fact that Erasmus has named six forwards on the bench and only two backs.Erasmus noted that South Africa wants to have plenty of ammunition for what is likely to be a major forward battle.“This game is going to be decided by the forwards and at the set phases and we wanted to maximise our options in those battles,” Erasmus said.Regular captain Siya Kolisi is also restored to the starting lineup having been on the bench for the ‘African derby’.Handré Pollard, who will start at fly-half, is on the cusp of a couple of milestones. Pollard needs four points to reach 400 career points in Test matches. He also needs 11 points to overhaul Percy Montgomery’s Springbok record of 111 points at Rugby World Cups.South Africa has won 13 of the 14 matches it has played against Italy. However, this will be the first ever encounter between the two sides at a Rugby World Cup.Italy currently leads Pool B with 10 points while South Africa is second with five points.Related “Three new changes” lead China-Africa win-win cooperation, says Chinese foreign minister Injuries force South Africa Springboks to make changescenter_img Nigerians celebrate Anthony Joshua’s win against Takanlast_img read more

VIAVI to Test Brazil’s 5G Spectrum Ahead of Scheduled Frequency Band Auctions

first_imgBrazil’s national telecommunications agency, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), has partnered with Viavi, to evaluate and test Brazil’s 5G-suitable spectrum ahead of auctions that will take place in 2020. The planned auction is the biggest in the history of ANATEL and will involve the 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 26 GHz frequency bands.Unlike many national spectrum auctions, ANATEL does not plan to generate revenue from the bids. Instead, it will seek investment commitments from bidders with deadlines for network implementation, as well as coverage and capacity goals that must be met. When the auction is complete, ANATEL will continue monitoring and supervising development of subsequent networks using test and measurement equipment from Viavi.To ensure the full use of the frequency bands for 5G deployments, ANATEL is evaluating coexistence between IMT-2020 (International Mobile Telecommunication system), analog TV signals and satellite digital television reception systems in various frequency ranges. Peculiarities in frequency spectrum distribution in Brazil also necessitate spectral analysis of 5G new radio (NR) access technology.The VIAVI CellAdvisor portfolio of base station analyzers is being used to measure and troubleshoot 4G LTE TDD and 5G NR signals. According to Luiz Cesar Oliveira, Vice President, Americas, VIAVI, the auction represents a tremendous opportunity for operators in the region. ANATEL’s approach of bringing in a 5G test and measurement leader like VIAVI early in the process is commendable and worthy of emulation in other territories. Luiz believes, data, video and the IoT will likely spur massive growth in the number of devices using Brazilian airwaves over the next several years, making it critical for auctioned frequencies to be able to handle the expected requirements from 5G.Click here to view Viavi’s complete CellAdvisor lineup.last_img read more