Rugby World Cup 2015: South Africa inspired by Spain footballers
|Rugby World Cup: South Africa v Samoa|
|Venue: Villa Park Date: Saturday, 26 September|
|Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, plus live coverage on the BBC Sport website.|
South Africa hooker Bismarck du Plessis says his team have been drawing solace from Spain's 2010 triumph at football's World Cup after their own opening-match defeat against Japan on Saturday.
"We can see it's been done and we want to hang on to that hope and give hope for our nation," said Du Plessis, 31.
He added that finalists at the last two Rugby World Cups had also lost matches.
France lost to both New Zealand and Tonga in the group stages in 2011 but advanced and were only just edged out in the final by the All Blacks.
South Africa face Samoa on Saturday in their second group game and Du Plessis added that, after coach Heyneke Meyer's apology to their nation, the squad were now concentrating on ensuring their place in the knock-out stages.
"The loss to Japan is now in the past and we can only change the future," he added.
"We have to trust our own process, trust what the coach wants us to do."
After their encounter with Samoa, the Springboks play Scotland on 3 October and the United States on 7 October in their final two matches in Pool B.
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