Change of rule frees Eras­mus

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT - Mark Glea­son

SOUTH Africa have scrapped a ban on pick­ing over­seas-based play­ers, open­ing the way for new coach Rassie Eras­mus to name a full-strength side to take on Eng­land in their three test se­ries next month.

Govern­ing body SA Rugby ended the over­seas-based player pol­icy just over a year after bring­ing it into ef­fect.

The rule pre­vented the Spring­boks from se­lect­ing over­seas-based play­ers who had fewer than 30 test caps.

It was set to be lifted next year in prepa­ra­tion for the 2019 World Cup.

Eras­mus is likely to grab the op­por­tu­nity and bring back scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, con­sid­ered among the out­stand­ing per­form­ers in this sea­son’s English Premier­ship.

The new coach has just over a year to pre­pare for the next World Cup in Ja­pan, where the Boks meet de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons New Zealand.

A tal­ent drought con­tin­ues to be a ma­jor con­cern for South African rugby. – Reuters

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