Rassie Erasmus Springboks

Hosts France will face the defending champion Springboks in the 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, 15 October. Photo: Phill Magakoe / AFP

Rassie discusses decision around 7-1, 6-2 or 5-3 Springboks split

How will the Springboks structure their bench on Sunday for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final? Rassie has shed some light on the matter.

Rassie Erasmus Springboks

Hosts France will face the defending champion Springboks in the 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, 15 October. Photo: Phill Magakoe / AFP

Rassie Erasmus has shed more light on whether the Springboks will opt for a 7-1, 6-2 or 5-3 split on the bench for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

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RASSIE IS THE KING OF MIND GAMES

Rassie Erasmus, a man infamous for his mind games and tomfoolery, has revealed why the Springboks have delayed the naming of their team to face France.

“The decision to delay the team naming is without a doubt tactical,” Erasmus answered candidly.

“We have been mixing and matching for the last year and making sure that in almost every single position we have two almost equally good players.

“In some cases, we are not even sure which one is the best, so we’re keeping our options open for a seven-one, six-two or five-three split.

“With both Handre [Pollard] and Manie [Libbok] being available, and Lukhanyo [Am] fully fit, we have sort of made up our minds.

“We want to see what the French team looks like too. That also might have an influence on us going seven-one or six-two.”

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Lukhanyo Am is a pivotal piece of the puzzle. Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP

OUR TACTICAL TAKE FOR THE RUGBY WORLD CUP QF CLASH

South Africa’s decision to select seven forwards on their bench recently got column inches all over the world. The Bomb Squad tactic didn’t work quite as planned against Ireland, and management might be tempted to revert to a 6-2 split for the remainder of the showpiece or even 5-3 to accommodate somebody with the versatility and experience of Willie le Roux on the bench, or the natural gifts of Canan Moodie. Then again, if both Handre Pollard and Lukhanyo Am are included on the bench, Moodie’s place in the matchday squad may be in jeopardy.

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Rassie Erasmus during a Springbok training session. Photo by AFP

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