Eras­mus wor­ried of trim­ming Rugby World Cup squad

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Auck­land:

Spring­bok coach Rassie Eras­mus ad­mit­ted to be­ing “wor­ried” as he edged closer to fi­nal­is­ing his Rugby World Cup squad af­ter a three-day train­ing camp in Auck­land.

The Boks have one more Rugby Cham­pi­onship fix­ture – against Ar­gentina in Salta this week – fol­lowed by a friendly against the same op­po­nents in Pre­to­ria a week later. Af­ter that‚ Eras­mus will name his 31-man squad for the World Cup in Ja­pan. “There are 36 to 38 play­ers in our camp and in our plans at this stage‚” Eras­mus said from Auck­land.

“It’ll be tough for me per­son­ally be­cause there are go­ing to be six or seven guys who’ll fall out of the squad and I’m al­ready wor­ried about that.

“We are lucky there are few in­juries at this stage‚ and hope­fully it will stay that way. Some guys will drop out‚ which is tough‚ but we will worry about that af­ter the game at Lof­tus.”

Af­ter beat­ing Aus­tralia 35-17 at El­lis Park and draw­ing 16-16 with the All Blacks in Welling­ton‚ the Boks are in pole po­si­tion to win the Rugby Cham­pi­onship for the first time since the tour­na­ment in­cluded Ar­gentina in 2012.

The tour­na­ment has been cut to a sin­gle round of matches due to the World Cup‚ and while win­ning the Cham­pi­onship is not the pri­mary ob­jec­tive in a World Cup year‚ Eras­mus said it was the team’s im­me­di­ate goal.

–Dis­patch Live

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji

© PressReader. All rights reserved.