Ruan Pienaar in at No 9 for Boks! Just joking (we think)

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Ruan Pienaar in at No 9 for Boks! Just joking (we think)

When Rassie Erasmus announces his standby group of players, there may be one or two interesting ‘bolters’

Braam van Straaten

I am extremely happy with the Springbok squad that will travel to Japan for the World Cup, and it was predictable that there were no surprises.

I feel that when Rassie Erasmus announces his standby group of players there may be one or two interesting “bolters” – and with good reason.

Erasmus has proved remarkably consistent with his selections this year but there is precedent for a World Cup-winning team pulling a rabbit out of the hat. Remember the 2011 tournament, when New Zealand had to call in Stephen Donald as cover for flyhalf and he slotted what turned out to be the match-winning penalty against the French, with the All Blacks winning a nailbiter 8-7?..

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