Rassie Erasmus believe that the experience who have the South African stars who play in the major European rugby leagues and regularly face British & Irish Lions players it will be very useful for the series hosts when they meet in all 3 scheduled matches.
The coronavirus pandemic has kept the Springboks inactive since the 2019 World Cup final, leaving their players without international matches for more than 18 months. The streak will come to an end when they face Georgia in the two games they will have to prepare before facing the series against the red team.
For Erasmus the presence in European clubs of key players like Sale’s scrum half, Faf De Klerk, the second Munster line, Damian de allende, and the Toulouse wing, Cheslin kolbeThey are an advantage, given that they have regularly faced Lions players since they triumphed in Japan. “We have not had the advantage of playing in Six Nations and those kinds of tournaments to see our players in top-level competitions,” said the South African rugby director.
But I must say that the advantage we have, for the first time probably as a result of the weakness of our currency, is that our players play all over the world. We are lucky that there are a lot of guys playing in Sale in the Premiership, we are lucky that there are a lot of guys playing in Japan in the Top League and a lot of our players are involved in the Top 14 of France. Damian plays really well in Munster in PRO14, ”added the South African.
“The good thing is that our biggest and most experienced players, who participated mainly in the World Cup and who received offers abroad, they are playing often and against the teams where the British & Irish Lions play”.
The Springboks They will play 3 games against the Lions at home and Erasmus confirmed that the players will be part of a group of elite athletes who will have the Covid-19 vaccine, but that way they will enter a “Hard bubble” during the series to ensure that there is no outbreak within the campus. The list of 45 players who will participate in the first game in Cape Town on July 14 will be released next month.
Those players who make the roster will not be able to be part of the provincial teams that face the Lions. Visitors will also be vaccinated before embarking on the eight-game trip to South Africa.