SPORTS DAY: Boks are as ready as they can be
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Boks ready for anything in All Blacks clash 99
A busy few days of official welcome and World Cup pomp and ceremony could have been a distraction for the Springboks‚ but having been in Japan for two weeks‚ they are on track with their preparations. Meticulous coach Rassie Erasmus knew that as the tournament drew nearer‚ the external demands would be greater. Arriving 10 days earlier than their opening match opponents New Zealand‚ might yet be the smartest move Erasmus has made. The Boks are acclimatised‚ not only to the climate but also the quirks and foibles of Japan’s culture. They are as ready as they can be to face an opponent they know well in a venue that is neutral territory for both. Despite 98 previous clashes against the All Blacks‚ the two sides have only met on neutral territory three times previously...