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South Africa’s eyes are firmly set on the Rugby World Cup semi-final against England, Springbok director of rugby Rassie Erasmus insisted. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP

Springboks: Rassie hints at THREE changes for England clash

Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has hinted at three potential changes for his team’s Rugby World Cup semi-final with England.

Rassie Erasmus Springboks

South Africa’s eyes are firmly set on the Rugby World Cup semi-final against England, Springbok director of rugby Rassie Erasmus insisted. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP

SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus expects an epic Rugby World Cup semi-final between the Springboks and England on Saturday.


Rassie hints at three changes for the Springboks

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber announces his matchday squad for the clash on Thursday morning at 09h00. Erasmus hinted at a trio of changes to the starting XV in order to keep freshness in the group.

“There is a temptation to bring Lukhanyo (Am) in this week and start Handre (Pollard) and Faf (de Klerk), as well as Canan (Moodie), and we are also thinking of a six-two split on the bench,” said Erasmus.

“Every player in our squad is fit so we have all 33 players to select from. We would also like to see what they do. If they go for a six-two split, then we’ll have to make some plans.

“We can also bring in a guy like Jean Kleyn who will bring some physicality against their tall lineout options. That’s probably the reason we are only announcing our team two days before the match.”

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Springboks Handre Pollard and Deon Fourie celebrate together. Photo: @JaredWright via X / Twitter.

Rugby World Cup clash for the ages

The world champions’ 29-28 win over France on Sunday was one of the great rugby matches in modern history, or the whole of history for that matter. Antoine Dupont, the French skipper who fractured his jaw earlier in the tournament, produced a scintillating individual display but it wasn’t enough to steer the hosts into the semifinals. A host of Springboks produced stirring displays of their own, not least of which the battered and bloodied Jesse Kriel. There could be the massive temptation to give Kriel a breather against England, but then again, how can he possibly be dropped after a performance like that?

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Jesse Kriel. Photo: @springboks/X

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