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Rassie Erasmus, Springboks coach. Image via JULIEN DE ROSA, AFP

Rassie: Time for Springboks’ papas to focus on their families

Rassie Erasmus has given significant insight into the Springboks’ succession planning system as they build towards the 2027 World Cup.

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Rassie Erasmus, Springboks coach. Image via JULIEN DE ROSA, AFP

Rassie Erasmus says every one of Springboks’ players are working off individual ‘road maps’ to determine their availability for the 2027 World Cup.

As it stands, the Springboks currently have the biggest player-pool to select from and boast the greatest balance between youth and experience in all of world rugby; and that achievement in itself is no small feat.

But back-to-back World Cup champions, means the Springboks have a target on their back, one Erasmus is terribly aware off. But judging from what he has said about the team’s succession planning system, it’s clear that he has put measures in place in keep the Springboks ahead of the chasing pack.

During a press conference in Cape Town, Erasmus revealed how he plans to gradually integrate younger players into the system, while also systematically disposing of the older players in the squad who they think won’t make it to the next World Cup in 2027.

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Rassie Erasmus dropped a bombshell in Cape Town on Tuesday, when he admitted that he is contemplating whether or not to retain Siya Kolisi as Springbok captain. 

You might wonder why Kolisi’s reign as captain is even up for discussion, when he is such an influential figure, not just in rugby but in all of sport and even beyond its realms. 

Since the 2023 World Cup concluded, Kolisi has headed abroad to join French club Racing 92, and it has raised the question of whether the Springboks will be able to be led by an overseas-based captain when SA Rugby in general and Rassie Erasmus in particular, have made it an unwritten law to a always have a locally based player lead the Test team.

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The world champion Springboks celebrate the successful defence of their crown in France. Image via Instagram @bokrugby