To build and prepare a team for a Rugby World Cup takes years – a luxury they didn’t have – and for that reason, Jacques Nienaber admitted he was initially a bit sceptical, but Rassie Erasmus never had any doubts that the Boks would emerge victorious in Japan last year.

 

But what about those reservations he had about the Boks’ ability when he and Erasmus first discussed returning to South Africa from Munster, where they coached in 2016 and 2017?

“Rassie was 100% convinced we would win the World Cup,” said Nienaber.