- The Springboks take on Japan in a crunch quarter-final clash at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday
- Coach Rassie Erasmus named his squad on Thursday and opted for a robust pack with a tried-and-tested backline
- South Africans gave the selections a thumbs up, but also felt that Erasmus may have missed a trick
The Rugby World Cup is reaching the business end with the knock-out stages commencing over the weekend.
South Africa face the host nation, Japan, in a crunch quarter-final clash on Sunday.
Coach Rassie Erasmus named his squad on Thursday and opted for a robust pack with an experienced backline.
The Japanese have become known for their fast-paced, slick style of play.
Perhaps Erasmus will look to nullify that through his inclusion of the powerful and experienced front row.
Based on the lineup, it seems that continuity is the call instead of wholesale changes.
Although the Boks have generally been in impressive form, there are some question marks over some of the back.
The squad announcement was shared via Facebook and Briefly.co.za noted the public reaction.
Andrew Broadway would have preferred one inclusion:
"Excellent team, all the best boys. Just very disappointed for Warick not being on the bench."
Robbie Roberts admired the talent at Erasmus' disposal:
"What a headache for Rassie, such a lot of fantastic players to choose from. All of those who are not in even in the 23 (but are in the squad) could have started or be on the bench and would still make us proud."
Sikelela Simelane shared some helpful advice:
"Good luck Springboks. Those Japanese are super fast and quick and can pass the ball and hold nice, be careful. Bring them."
Marius Menezies spiced things up with three key suggestions:
"Still a good team but if i have to be honest 9 would be Reinach, 14 would be Sbu and 15 would be Kolbe as they are in very good form."
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