18.1.2021 05:40 pm
“We don’t care how we play them and we’ll go to Option Z if necessary,” said a hell-bent Director of Rugby, who added numerous players had extended their careers for the chance to face the Lions.
Speculation has been little short of rampant in recent weeks over the fate of the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa later this year, but there were no mixed messages from director of rugby Rassie Erasmus on Monday when he said the Springboks “will do anything” to ensure they play the famous tourists.
The well-known brand, which has a long-history with South African sport, was also part of the British and Irish Lions’ visits in 1997 and 2009.
The “SANZAAR entity” and domestic and provincial tournaments will, however, undergo “restructuring”.
The South African cricket team, often regarded among the favourites at global events, hasn’t even featured in a World Cup final.
There were a number of things that stood out about the national team in the build-up to, and during, the tournament in Japan, but these stand out above everything else.
After England shocked the All Blacks in the semi-finals, they arrived as the big favourites for the final, but the Boks’ dominant scrum decimated their pack.
SA Rugby and the Springboks ticked a number of boxes in the build-up to, and during, the World Cup in Japan in the latter stages of 2019.
His coaching history tells us one thing – He has never stepped into a plumb position with a golden spoon.
The South Africans are hesitant to play in the competition following months of no action because of the coronavirus.
Australia and New Zealand have been playing rugby for 10 to 11 weeks and have already finished their domestic competitions.
For Rassie Erasmus, this week is about getting the players on the same page with regard to Bok protocols.
Morne Steyn’s game management was outstanding, his goalkicking (5/5) faultless and any backline scoring six tries suggests the flyhalf must have been doing something right on attack.
While he admitted it would be tough to play in the Championship, Erasmus said they were putting all their effort into preparing the Boks for a return to top-flight competition.
“There may even be an opportunity for one or two of them to get some match action if there is an injury or COVID-related issue during the week.”
The six-week Rugby Championship is set to take place in Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney between November 7 and December 12.