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How Rassie took sting out of the media and social media

Munster Rugby Press Conference, UL, Limerick 30/10/2017 Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

On thing we all can agree on is that Rassie Erasmus has been transparent from the day he took over coaching the Springboks.

He did not shy away to speak to the media and have always explained his plan for taking Springboks rugby forward.

This was something new for all of us which we have not seen much in the past for other coaches.

With only four days to go until he announce his World Cup Squad, Rassie took the sting out of the media and fans with very little to speculate on.

He reduced his training group down to 32 players this week at the last training camp before the World Cup.

It seems now that Rassie and his selectors will only have to worry one player that they need to give bad news too.

This leaves all of us now to only speculate on that one unlucky player that will miss out.

If you follow social media you will see a few speculations.

Some say it may be a prop or even Elton Jantjies but that will not be a clever move by Erasmus.

In any case there is no way Rassie will only go with one experienced 10 to a World Cup.

The next speculation was that maybe Rassie will send Malherbe packing.

That again will not be a clever move. World Rugby Law 3 state that there has to be 6 front-row players in the squad, which is two hookers, and four props.

This will leave Rassie in a very difficult position when one of those pick up a niggle and cannot play a game. He can fly someone in as replacement but then the player he replace will no longer be able to take part in the World Cup.

The locks are set in stone as Rassie already explained after the Argentinian test that all four locks will be going which mean Etzebeth, De Jager, Snyman and Mostert will be in Japan.

In the loose forward department we may found that unlucky player. We have Flo, Vermeulen, Kolisi, Du Toit, Elstadt and Kwagga.

It seems this is where Rassie may find his on unlucky player.

At the back there is not much options to leave a player out. He already said that all three 9’s will go and we expect that Pollard and Jantjies wil be the 10’s at the World Cup.

In the midfield Rassie has De Allende, Am, Kriel and Frans Steyn(who can cover wing and fullback).

On the wings he has Kolbe, Mapimpi and Nkosi with Steyn that can cover.

At fullback we have the only other option for that unlucky player with Le Roux and Gelant. Le Roux is the number 1 at fullback with Gelant his backup but you have Steyn and Kolbe that can cover Le Roux.

In a very small chance yo may see Rassie send Frans Steyn packing but he is such a good player in the team and being able to cover almost every position in the backline, it seems very unlikely.

So in my mind it is between Gelant, Kwagga and Elstadt who will be tagged as the unluckiest player that was cut last.

Here is Rassie Erasmus giving us some insight where he was with selection of his squad after Saturday test.

The Video is from SARugbyMag 

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  1. Rassie has been quite clever in managing the media from day 1 – indeed. After the Hak Hak and AC debacles, it almost seems too boring! While we have quickly improved our backline defence, it was at the detriment of our attacking abilities (that is why we will go to the WC with the preferred centres of boring Am and Die Ellende). For this reason I am not too worried about the loss of Panic Mechanic Swys – has anybody heard any rumours on the “consultant” that Rassie will contract for the WC (hopefully not his best buddy Davids????? – would have loved to see Ackers there, but I can only dream).

  2. Gdam aphiwe is a bad omission – after kolbe we are struggling – even if only half fit, aphiwe must surely go.

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