Rassie Erasmus: Springboks delighted with flag reprieve

Rassie Erasmus expressed his happiness that the Springboks would be able to fly their flag at the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal this coming weekend.

Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby for SA Rugby, expressed his happiness on Tuesday over the Springboks’ ability to represent their nation in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinal.

On Tuesday, the country’s Sport Minister Zizi Kodwa said they had lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decision.

To comply with new WADA regulations, South Africa has until Friday to revise its anti-doping legislation, but it is almost set to fail the deadline.

Rassie Erasmus told reporters, “Whatever occurred, we would be representing South Africa.

“Even if things turned out differently, the guys would still be entirely focused on the game.

We’re happy that it’s at least somewhat resolved, he continued.

Erasmus’ Rugby World Cup champions will go on France’s captain Antoine Dupont this weekend in Paris.

After breaking his cheekbone three weeks ago, the important scrumhalf has been granted the all-clear to resume full training.

“You can get leaner because you can’t eat and I broke my jaw three times!” Jokingly, Erasmus.

“His lack of physical fitness won’t be an issue.

“The doctor gave him the go.

“I have no doubt he will play and will be a big challenge for us to try and contain him,” he continued.

With a victory over Italy, France finished first in Pool A for the duration of the group stage.

When naming the Springboks lineup on Friday, Erasmus and head coach Jacques Nienaber will have to decide how many backs and forwards to put on the bench.

We’re incredibly fortunate, so we’re not exactly sure whether 7/1 or 6/2 will work out best, added Erasmus.

“After we sort out everything internally tomorrow the players just fall in,” he added.

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