Rassie to back youth

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May 04, 2024, 14:37

Rassie Erasmus makes it clear: Springboks must back youth now! Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has again made it clear that the time has come to start backing the next generation of young players.

By Craig Lewis

There will be great expectations when the Springboks – with Rassie Erasmus back at the helm as head coach – return to action with back-to-back Tests against Ireland in July. On either side of the blockbuster games, there will also be one-off game against Wales and Portugal.

It’s certainly during those Test against Wales and Portugal when Erasmus will want to start exposing some newcomers and youngsters to Springbok action.

Ultimately, it’s all about planning for the next four-year World Cup cycle, with the Springbok coach well aware that several World Cup winners will be past their prime by the time 2027 arrives.

“Chasing the Sun is finished, the World Cup is finished,” Erasmus commented this week as he received an honorary doctorate from the North-West University (NWU) on Thursday.

“The coaching staff has worked hard. We are definitely going to give younger guys a chance this year. We must remember, in 2020 we did not play rugby due to Covid-19. We couldn’t play.

“So, we definitely need to start throwing in younger players.”

Theoretically, numerous 2023 World Cup winners could still be part of the picture in four years’ time, but the time has also arrived to blood some new talent.

“In 2018 we did a roadmap on the players to look at where they would be in 2019, 2023 and 2027,” Erasmus previously explained.

“We know exactly which players we think can last another year and we have given them specific tasks to help the youngsters before they leave here and maybe reach their 100th Test match or a milestone.

“Against Ireland we will still probably use some of those older guys who know them well. The challenge is really to tell the player he must stop now. That’s a tough one, because there are some guys in their 30s who see themselves winning another World Cup.

“I don’t foresee our age going much over an average of 29 or 30.”

May 04, 2024, 15:35

‘We couldn’t play’ he says. But Argentina could, Australia could, New Zealand could ….here’s a bet, the young player thing stops as soon as we have stern opposition or lose a few.

May 04, 2024, 17:21

Rassie was right we could not play

He will pick youngsters against Wales and Portugal it will be full side vs Ireland without a doubt

I’d like to see this young side against Wales:

15. Fassi

14. Arendse

13. Moodie

12. Willemse

11. Zas

10. Libbok

9. Nohamba

1. Ox

2. Andre Hugo Venter

3. Wilco Louw

4. Moerat

5. Ruben v Heerden

6. Buthelezi

7. Elrigh Louw

8. Roos

May 07, 2024, 04:14

 We could not play tests in 2020 due to th e extremely strict Covid rules implemented bym the Government in  SA.    Two people could not ravel in one car other than with th e one sitting on the back seat and the ther being  the driver.   Travelling into parts of cities and towns were aqlso prohibited and now contact sport was allowed in SA at all until th ee wweeks befor th e start of the tournament Mozart referred to.   Some players from foreign clubs playing  for the Springboks were stuck in Europe and Japan.

The SARU Board and not Erasmus decided on non-participation in tests in 2020 and nto Erasmus - but BSting Mozart is the only idiot blaming  Erasmus for the Springboks not aprticipating in 2020 tests.   .When did Erasmus say "We couldn’t play" as claimed by BSting  Bertie ?    It definitely was not reported in any SA media  so it was just another BS lie invented by a prejudiced rugby idiot.       .   

May 07, 2024, 04:50

When did Erasmus say "We couldn’t play" as claimed by BSting  Bertie ?

Ehm, Erasmus is quoted saying it right there in the article Dave posted.

May 08, 2024, 18:36

Yes, he said it and the decision might even have been his...you can't play test rugby with 2 weeks practice after sitting at home for more than six months...the Boks asked for a postponement of the competition of about 2 weeks IIRC...NZ refused, then we refused to play without proper preparation...player's wellbeing is more important than silly board squabbles...I support Rassie 100% with that call...the responsible call...

May 08, 2024, 19:29

The chicken run.

May 08, 2024, 19:34

Spot on Draad and the call was made by SA rugby not Rassie but Rassie fully supported the call and it was 100% correct

May 09, 2024, 17:51

Well as the world was locked down in Covid, my respect goes to the Nations that understood rugby would be a welcome lift to everybody’s spirits. Pity Eluckmiss put his own selfish interests ahead of the times.

May 09, 2024, 17:57

How the fuck did Rassie put his own interests first - what a load of utter shit

Especially considering the call was not made by Rassie but even if it had been…,

The call by SA rugby was 100% spot on and backed by Rassie

May 09, 2024, 18:48

’Many of the Argentine players have already arrived in Australia but there are ongoing concerns about the Springboks' lack of preparation, with their players only just resuming Super Rugby after a six month delay due to COVID-19.

The Springboks haven't played together since winning the World Cup final against England in Japan last November.

SA Rugby issued a statement over the weekend, saying there were still "hurdles" to clear before they could confirm they will play.

"The Springboks ability to participate in the Rugby Championship would be finalised early next week," the statement said.

"The team is due to defend its title in Australia between 7 November and 12 December, but several hurdles needed to be cleared if it's to be confirmed."

There is speculation that Rassie Erasmus, who coached the Springboks to the World Cup last year and is now director of rugby, will cite "player welfare" as the reason for their late withdrawal.’

… .

So obviously if the ‘hurdles were cleared’ we would have played. No problem with player welfare. But we didn’t get what we wanted.

Rephrased, we didn’t think our preparation could be adequate….so screw the fans, cite player welfare and head for the hills,

The chicken run.

May 09, 2024, 19:21

Chicken run se gat...you are deliberately looking to blame Rassie...after covid, why don't you blame NZ for not wanting to give the Bokke another 2 weeks?...

May 09, 2024, 19:33

Rassie did not make the call - SA rugby did

May 10, 2024, 00:06

I have no idea what NZ’s issue was….perhaps they should have been more flexible, but we should have played.

May 10, 2024, 05:05


Why the name change after disgracing the great compose Mozart for ages by usig his name as a user name and disgraing it?    

Is it not time to stop the abuse of facts by you as a result of prejudice.    Your comments as to the 2020 non-participation of the Sringboks has bend ealt with at least 50 ties on thsi site and mn everyc ase you were clearly on the wrong side of the issue as is normal wih you.    Will you neve learn?  .         

May 10, 2024, 12:35

Sorry these name changes result in some content being lost. Who are you again? You  write like a chappie on the verge of senility…, ‘disgraing’ hahaha….I bet you wished you could be ‘disgraid’(sic).

But I’m sensing another theme in your posting….are you perhaps a  government worker? Yes? Well don’t you have some money grabbing scam to attend to, rather than torturing these good posters with your garbled English?

May 10, 2024, 14:32

Go darn a sock, Mavis.

May 10, 2024, 15:01

I buy new ones (sic)nek….but I guess in your circumstances darning socks makes sense.

May 10, 2024, 16:42

Go do the laundry, Mavis.

May 10, 2024, 16:55

Actually people do my laundry. But back to the socks. With those bloated, smelly feet you should really reconsider darning (sic). Buy some new socks. Consider it a small gift to those around you.

May 10, 2024, 17:00

Go brush the toilet, Mavis.

May 10, 2024, 18:07

Ah back to the posterior and related equipment. Make yourself happy. Go smell some male tailpipe (sic).

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