Schalk Brits to lead Boks as Rassie rings changes

Erasmus, the SA Rugby director of rugby, unleashed a new-look team to take on the Pumas on Wednesday, packed with players looking to secure a place in South Africa’s Rugby World Cup squad.   Eighteen of the team featured in the Rugby Championship-winning campaign but also included are five “newcomers” in the returning Siya Kolisi, Thomas du Toit and Wilco Louw (prop), Marco van Staden (loose forward) and potential debutant Scarra Ntubeni (hooker).   Kolisi has been named in the starting XV for a cameo role as he continues his…

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Keep Pollard in “cotton-wool” until we get to Japan

This is the view of Rob Houwing, chier writer for sport 24. Houwing asserts: Wrap Handre Pollard in cotton wool: you’d need quite a lot of it to envelope the sturdily-built individual, but that seems an essential policy by the Springboks now. That means no involvement for the consistently assertive, confident flyhalf in Saturday’s non-Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at Loftus, the buoyant new title-holders’ last date before they head to Japan to prepare for RWC 2019”   The Springboks will have one more “warm-up” match for against Japan in…

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Kolisi will get game time at Loftus

.Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Springbok captain Siya Kolisi would be involved in Saturday’s Test although his involvement would be carefully managed.    He is a guy we desperately want to be involved on Saturday and we will involve him but it will be limited minutes. We won’t rush him –  we need to carefully manage his return,” said Erasmus.   The Springboks are holding an open training session at Loftus on Tuesday (15:50-17:10), followed by a meet and greet when the Boks will join the sales force with tickets to…

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All smiles as the Springboks clinch Rugby Championship with a convincing performance

All smiles as the Springboks clinch Rugby Championship with a convincing performance     The Springbok rugby camp was full of smiles as the Boks beat Argentina 46-13 to win the Rugby Championship.     South Africa won 46-13, after leading 24-13 at half-time.   Flyhalf Handre Pollard scored 31 points as South Africa won the Rugby Championship for the first time.   The Springboks last won a competition in 2009 when they finished first in the Tri Nations, the forerunner of the Rugby Championship.   Man-of-the-match Pollard notched two…

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Rassies “secret” Drone Weapon used in Springbok training

Rassie Erasmus use of technology has been innovative as he has been moulding the Springboks in an outfit to be reckoned with.   One of the innovations that Rassie Erasmus has brought to the Springboks is the use of a drone during practices. While not quite in the realm of his disco lights of yore, the imagery provided by the drone adds another dimension to rugby, both literally and figuratively. The coach duly acts on what he sees, explaining to his players the use of space and angles and alignment.…

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