Erasmus Expects Lions To Be Fast, Expansive Against Springboks
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Fri 28th May 2021 | 07:30 PM
Rassie Erasmus, coach of 2019 Rugby World Cup champions South Africa, expects the touring British and Irish Lions to play a fast, open game in the republic during July and August
Johannesburg, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th May, 2021 ) :Rassie Erasmus, coach of 2019 Rugby World Cup champions South Africa, expects the touring British and Irish Lions to play a fast, open game in the republic during July and August.
"The Lions also have a fast, quick pack. The props and loose forwards are mobile guys. It looks like (head coach) Warren Gatland is working on an expansive style." Erasmus said Gatland had been "smart" in choosing a technical team comprising Townsend, defence coach Steve Tandy, forwards coach Robin McBryde and kicking coach Neil Jenkins.
"Most of those guys have worked with Warren before, which is really smart. I think the toughest thing for them is to get the four countries to play the same way and be aligned." After winning the World Cup, Erasmus returned to his original post of South African director of rugby with his former assistant, Jacques Nienaber, elevated to head coach of the Springboks.
South Africa, who have not played since defeating England in the World Cup final in Japan in November 2019 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will warm up with Tests against Georgia on July 2 and 9.
- 'Wonderful talent' - "There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys," said Erasmus.
"Wonderful talent is available to us, and many have been playing top-level rugby overseas. So that has been encouraging.
"We have been quite restricted in South Africa in terms of international rugby and could not take part in the Rugby Championship last year." While he did not want to discuss the likely composition of the squad, Erasmus did drop a few hints, including praising Leicester Tigers' loose forward Jasper Wiese.
"So this has been really beneficial for us along with the local boys who have been getting a lot of rugby under their belt lately." The Lions will play Japan in Edinburgh on June 26 before launching their eight-match tour against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on July 3.