SA Rugby’s director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, revealed on Tuesday that the Springbok coaches are still in the process of deciding their team selection for the upcoming Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. The team is considering all options, including having seven, six, or five forwards on the bench.

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Delayed Team Announcement of Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final Sparks Media Interest

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will announce his team on Friday, later than usual. This decision has piqued media interest at the global event. Erasmus explained that they have been mixing and matching for the last year to ensure they have players on par with one another in each position. “We’ll keep our options open for a seven-one, six-two and five-three split,” said Erasmus.

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Disciplinary Record and Preparation for the Showdown

Erasmus expressed pride in the team’s disciplinary record in the tournament so far. “We’ve had no cards in the competition so far and we are in fourth place on the penalty count list, so we are pleased with where we are in that regard,” he said. The team’s experience of playing against France in Marseille 11 months ago has prepared them well for the challenge ahead this weekend.

Players’ Perspectives on the Upcoming Match

Centre Jesse Kriel and flyhalf Manie Libbok, both of whom will be in contention for places in the 23-man squad, shared their thoughts on the upcoming match. Kriel expressed his excitement about potentially playing against France in front of a packed stadium. Libbok acknowledged that it’s going to be tough but added that their focus is on how they want to play the game. Both players were ready for any eventuality if they were included in the match day squad.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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