Are the Boks locked and loaded for the British Lions tour?

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Are the Boks locked and loaded for the British Lions tour?

Injuries to De Jager and Snyman could have big effect on the Springbok approach to the British Lions series

Gavin Rich

Jacques Nienaber is in the fortunate position of not having many injuries to deal with as he approaches his first big act as Springbok coach by announcing a 45-man squad for the British and Irish Lions series on Saturday, but it will be interesting to see how those he does have will affect his plans.

Apart from the players who have retired — Francois Louw, Tendai Mtawarira and Schalk Brits — most of the players who were part of the group that won the World Cup in Japan in 2019 are in the frame for selection.

With Handré Pollard now back playing for his French club after a long injury-induced absence and Eben Etzebeth doing the same, Nienaber has the option of building his plans to beat the Lions around the core of the team that started the World Cup final in Yokohama 19 months ago...

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