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Rassie Erasmus names his shortlist for next Bok captain

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Thursday Jun 13, 2024

Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus has confirmed his three-man shortlist to be the next Springbok captain ahead of his team’s match with Wales at Twickenham Stadium.

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Whilst there has been debate outside of the camp about who would be the next in line, Erasmus insists that within the set-up it has been less of a concern.

“Inside the camp, the captaincy is not really such a big thing,

“Obviously, the long-term and permanent captain is still a thing, but this week, it is not a big concern as we go into the Wales Test match without Siya.

“But it will probably be Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth or Bongi Mbonambi.”

On the subject of long term captain Siya Kolisi, Erasmus did not rule out a return to the role for the double World Cup winning skipper.

“Once Siya is back we can assess him and make sure there are no injuries and he is at full fitness, then we will make a decision on the long-term captaincy,” he said.

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“We have two weeks after the Wales Test match before we face Ireland.

“When we announce the squad for Ireland Tests, we will announce the captain, and a guy like Siya will be in the running if everything goes well and he is injury-free.”

In this episode of Walk the Talk, Jim Hamilton chats with double World Cup winner Damian de Allende about all things Springbok rugby, including RWC2023 and the upcoming Ireland series. Watch now for free on RugbyPass TV

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