New Boks coach, Rassie Erasmus set to name his first Springbok squad in the coming week

The strongest indication yet of the direction the Springboks are headed under new coach, Rassie Erasmus is set to come to light this coming Saturday, as he will name his first squad since taking over the reins in March.

The former Bok loose forward’s first assignment is a once-off Test against Wales in Washington, before his charges return home for a three-match series against England.

With just a matter of days before the Boks take the field for the first time this year, Erasmus already has a few headaches, and will most likely have to pick a new captain, as both Warren Whiteley – who skippered the national side in 2016 – and last season’s leader, Eben Etzebeth are both out injured.

Stormers captain, Siya Kolisi could be the man handed the armband, while Bulls flyhalf, Handre Pollard could also be entrusted with leading the side.


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In addition to that, the pool of players to choose from has been narrowed by the fact that the opening Test falls outside World Rugby’s international window, meaning Rassie will not be able to call on his overseas-based contingent.

The coach has revealed interest in involving in his plans a few players plying their trade in the northern hemisphere, with the likes of Sales Sharks scrumhalf, Faf de Klerk, injured Racing 92 flyhalf Pat Lambie and Toulon’s Duanne Vermeulen likely to feature going forward.

In his bid to feature overseas-based players, he has been helped along by SA Rugby, who recently scraped the restrictive rule making players plying their trade outside South Africa ineligible for selection if they have less than 30 international caps.

The Boks face Wales on 2 June, while the series against England begins the following weekend at Ellis Park, before the second Test in Bloemfontein, then concluding in Cape Town on 23 June.


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