- Rassie Erasmus has opened up about playing Siya Kolisi in the main squad
- The coach said that playing the captain was a gamble
- He says Kolisi improved tremendously after his first two matches
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has admitted that selecting Siya Kolisi for the World Cup was a huge gamble. The captain had not had a successful showing in the Rugby Championship a few months ago.
Kolisi also only played one Currie Cup match for Western Province. Speaking to TimesLIVE, Erasmus said that they did not want to make the same mistakes again. They decided to up their fitness for the tournament in Japan. Many players got injured during the gruelling preparations, including Kolisi. According to Erasmus, Kolisi was plagued with injuries often.
Erasmus said they had to come up with plans to manage Kolisi to make sure he was fit because he was an important player and captain.
The coach continued, saying that he was not happy with the captain's form in the first two matches. He was subbed in the last few minutes of those games until he attained full fitness.
Siya's last three games were complimented by the coach. He said the captain gave his all and "emptied his tank".
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mzansi has been on a high since Saturday after the Springbok team secured the Rugby World Cup trophy. The victory over England meant that South Africa has achieved the feat on three occasions, all 12 years apart. The players made a triumphant return home on Tuesday and hordes of South Africans were eagerly awaiting their return.
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