The World Cup warm-up between Japan and South Africa highlighted the importance of fitness and smart bench management at a tournament staged in punishing heat, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Rassie Erasmus could not have selected a much stronger 31-man squad for the World Cup in Japan, writes JON CARDINELLI in Johannesburg.
The fact that Rassie Erasmus is spoiled for choice on the eve of the World Cup goes to show how far this Springbok side has come, writes JON CARDINELLI.
JON CARDINELLI looks at the forwards used by the Springboks since 2018 and why Rassie Erasmus faces a healthy selection headache ahead of the World Cup squad announcement.
JON CARDINELLI identifies the frontrunners for World Cup selection as well as the factors that could influence Rassie Erasmus’ thinking.
Rassie Erasmus’ meticulous planning and attention to detail allowed the Springboks to tick all of the relevant boxes across an important Rugby Championship campaign, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Game management and goal-kicking will separate the top teams in the final round of the Rugby Championship and at the World Cup, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The Rugby Championship will reveal whether the Springboks have the strength in depth to be a force at the World Cup, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The Vodacom Bulls showed signs of progress while the once-hyped Sharks were mercilessly exposed in the quarter-final matches staged in Australasia, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The decision to play and ultimately risk Handré Pollard this week is not in the Springboks’ World Cup interests, writes JON CARDINELLI.