Erasmus worried of trimming Rugby World Cup squad
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.