Eras­mus: Spring­boks ready for RWC

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Tokyo:

Rassie Eras­mus is cer­tain that his 2019 group of Spring­boks are ready to give it their very best shot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Ja­pan.

The Spring­bok Di­rec­tor of Rugby said in his col­umn in the lat­est Spring­bok dig­i­tal mag­a­zine that he is con­fi­dent all the plan­ning has been done for the open­ing match against New Zealand on Septem­ber 21 - and be­yond.

“We’ve planned care­fully and will be well pre­pared for the open­ing match against New Zealand and for the matches that fol­low it. We’ve left noth­ing to chance but in World Cup rugby, the bounce of the ball or the call of a ref­eree can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween triumph and dis­as­ter,” he said.

“I am very happy with the squad we were able to se­lect. We have been blessed with very few in­juries thanks to the great work of the med­i­cal team and it has meant that we’ve been able to rotate play­ers into po­si­tions to give ev­ery­one de­cent game time with­out com­pro­mis­ing on re­sults - al­though we had our lucky mo­ments.

“We suc­cess­fully com­pleted phase one of our sea­son – al­though we would have liked to have won in Wellington, but we can’t be greedy - and now we move to phase two, with no se­crets around what our goal for that is.”

“Be as­sured though, that we’re ready to give it our very best shot.”

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