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Erasmus names most experienced Bok team ever

───   MORGAN PIEK 12:44 Tue, 09 Jul 2024

Erasmus names most experienced Bok team ever | News Article
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“It’s always tough facing Ireland. They are a quality team, they are ranked second in the world, and as we saw last week, they never stop fighting, so we know the magnitude of the challenge that awaits us this weekend”

The Springbok coach, Rassie Erasmus has opted continuity heading into the second and final Test against Ireland in Durban.

Erasmus has named an unchanged side for the Test as they target a series whitewash. Last week the same match 23 beat Ireland 27-20 in a hard-fought first Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

In naming an unchanged squad for the game, Erasmus, has also named the most experienced Springbok team in history.

The starting XV boast with combined 990 Test captains, while there is a combined 190 on the bench.

With two Test caps each, Gerhard Steenekamp of the Bulls and Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu of the Stormers are the least experienced players in the match 23, while Eben Etzebeth is the most experienced with 121 caps.

Erasmus said facing the Irish is never and they are expecting a response from the team from the Emerald Isles, and their experience will be invaluable.

“It’s always tough facing Ireland. They are a quality team, they are ranked second in the world, and as we saw last week, they never stop fighting, so we know the magnitude of the challenge that awaits us this weekend,” said Erasmus.

“We have no doubt they’ll come out even stronger this week, but we also identified the areas of the game that we need to improve on, and it’s vital for us to build on our performance in our quest to win both matches.”

Saturday’s second Test at Kings’ Park kicks off at 17:00.

Springboks - 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Replacements - 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 RG Snyman, 21 Marco van Staden, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu

Ireland - TBA

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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