Springboks

Gulf between Boks and Blacks

RYAN VREDE, in London, reports Jean de Villiers feels there is a significant difference in class between the All Blacks and his Springboks and that will take some bridging.

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Pietersen boost for Boks

JP Pietersen has been named to start for the Springboks despite having to undergo a late fitness test, while Elton Jantjies has been included on the bench.

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Greater freedom for flyhalf Lambie

RYAN VREDE, in London, reports Heyneke Meyer has given Pat Lambie the directive to stand flatter and attack more with ball in hand in a bid to get the best out of him.

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Du Plessis calls for major mettle

Jannie du Plessis acknowledged fatigue has gripped the squad after the longest season in history but refused to accept that it would debilitate the Springboks’ forwards.

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Etzebeth off the hook

Eben Etzebeth has been found not guilty of eye gouging and is free to play against England on Saturday.

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Openside hybrid non-negotiable for Boks

RYAN VREDE, in London, reports Springbok defence coach John McFarland believes there isn’t room in Test rugby for an openside who isn’t equally competent at the breakdown as he is with ball in hand.

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Pin down Pat

Springbok kicking coach Louis Koen says he has the utmost faith that Pat Lambie will develop into a world class Test flyhalf but stressed it is critical that he settles in the position in Super Rugby.

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