JOHANNESBURG– New Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has admitted that he has selected a relatively inexperienced side for his first ever test match since charge as Boks coach in March.
Erasmus has included three new caps in a 24-man squad for the first test against England at Ellis Park here Saturday. The three new caps in the squad have also found themselves in the starting 15.
They are wings Sbu Nkosi and Aphiwe Dyantyi and lock R.G. Snyman. Erasmus says he’s got good back-up on the bench.
Erasmus says his two overseas-based players Du Plessis and Steyn are still part of his World Cup plans, and their absence for the three test matches against England is a big blow.
Boks flyhalf, Handre Pollard says they are still getting used to each other as players, and things will definitely improve if they get more game time together.
Great to be back. Very exciting times, bunch of new faces in the backline. Some old ones are also back. The guys like Sbu in unbelievable form, unbelievable talent!
Despite untested combinations all round, Pollard says if they can pull in the same direction as a team, the Springboks will get positive results going forward.
Erasmus says although he wants instant results, his main focus is to build a formidable squad for next year’s World Cup. It is still not clear if Du Plessis and Steyn will be available for the Rugby Championship which follows in August.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK