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Springboks explain reason behind delaying team announcement for France quarter-final

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus admits that their decision to switch their team announcement to Friday is a “tactical” ploy.

The World Rugby rules stipulate that your team must be revealed at least 48 hours before the game.

The majority of nations obediently seek to disclose their 23s as late as feasible.

The Springboks have defied the pattern, frequently announcing their lineup for a Test four days before the match.

The Boks’ team news would typically be on Wednesday, but they have moved it back for this match because their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against France is on Sunday.

Bench splits and player availability

The decision to postpone team naming, according to Erasmus, is unquestionably pragmatic.

“Over the past year, we have mixed and matched individuals to ensure that we have two almost equivalent players in almost every position.

We’re keeping our choices open for a seven-one, six-two, or five-three split because in certain circumstances we’re not even sure which is the best.

“With Lukhanyo [Am] totally fit and Handre [Pollard] and Manie [Libbok] both available, we have sort of made up our minds.

“We also want to watch how the French team appears. That may also affect whether we vote for seven-one or six-two.

Traffic light system

Furthermore, Erasmus explained the whole rationale behind South Africa’s use of the “traffic light” system during the World Cup.

The Boks had previously made suggestions regarding the purpose of the signals, but the director of rugby went into greater detail during this week’s news conference.

“The traffic light system generally has four possible interpretations, and it varies depending on the game. The physiotherapists and doctors may sometimes be heard saying, “Listen, they’re green; that means something,” over the microphone, he continued.

We receive real-time player updates, and when we make substitutes, we occasionally request information from the physio and S&C coaches. What they believe, which player is the least dynamic or effective, and information is needed when we make substitutions.

“For us, it’s just a method of communicating. other people believe it’s kicks, other people think it’s play slower, some people think it’s kick wide.

“I was on the bench with the bench guys during the first game. I was told that I couldn’t sit there by a really pleasant match commissioner.

“I said I didn’t know, and although I don’t want to stir up any trouble, I have sat here for all the other matches,” the person added. He replied, “No, it’s an addendum to the participation agreement,” to my question.

“In the game, I had to move up to the coaches because I couldn’t talk to the medical crew, and that’s when we started turning on the lights.

“It’s really just a form of communication, to get messages to players but also to know what the medical and S&C (strength and conditioning) staff are thinking.”

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