‘Expect surprise’: Springbok set date to name team to face England in semis

Many of the Springboks’ lineup decisions from the previous weekend were made with the challenge that France would present in mind, so it would be fascinating to see if any adjustments are made this week.

Could Handre Pollard wear No. 10 again? Possibly partnering up with Faf de Klerk again at halfback?

The Springboks might potentially wish to switch back to a 6-2 bench for the English game.

Another very important question is if Lukhanyo Am would be included in the matchday 23. There is another rumor that Canan Moodie will be selected.

Although the Springboks have made it a tradition to name their match day squads earlier in the week, they went against that last week, while the World Rugby schedule has confirmed that their team announcement this week will be on Thursday.

Kick off for Saturday’s game is set for 21:00.


With the way England plays and considering a six-two split, there is a desire to include Canan Moodie, Erasmus said. “Since we have a 33-man squad and everyone is healthy, there are a lot of temptations, which is perhaps why we’re releasing our lineup barely 48 hours before the game.

“We’d also like to observe what England does and how they’re progressing. We went five-three when France went six-two. Canan is also looking good, but the flyhalf and halfback duo may change. Lukhanyo is.


Cheslin Kolbe responds to cheating claims: ‘I did everything within the rules’


In their dramatic World Cup quarterfinal matchup on Sunday in Paris, the Springboks defeated France by the slimmest of margins, and Cheslin Kolbe’s stoppage of a goal-bound kick was crucial to that result.

Kolbe, Arendse, De Allende, and Etzebeth each scored a try for the Springboks, and Manie Libbok and Handre Pollard successfully kicked three conversions and a long-range penalty.

Springboks star Cheslin Kolbe charged down a kick

Cheslin Kolbe’s charge down on Thomas Ramos’ conversion kick was one of the pivotal moments that helped the Springboks win the match besides the converted scoring opportunities.

Peato Mauvaka, a French hooker, burst through the line from close range, and Thomas Ramos, a fullback, lined up the conversion. But Kolbe’s charge at him entirely took him off guard because he was concentrating on his kick and timing the shot clock at the same time.

The Springbok flier left his mark the instant Ramos even hinted at moving towards the ball, and by the time Ramos struck the ball with his foot, Kolbe was near enough to charge it down and deny them two points.

The charge down has become a hot topic because the Springboks only had a one-point victory. France supporters claim that Kolbe began sprinting at the ball before the kicker even moved.

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However, Cheslin Kolbe, the man who pulled off the maneuver, promptly disproved those accusations by describing how he did it and why it was lawful because it was permitted under the rules of the game.

“I think it definitely helped that I played with Thomas [Ramos] for six years and knew what he was doing,” he claimed.

Kolbe defended himself, saying, “I followed the rules exactly and was behind the line when he started his race. “I made an effort to run as quickly as I could to take it out. I intended to apply some pressure to him.


Kolbe’s attempt to stop the conversion, according to Jacques Nienaber, demonstrated how the Boks were prepared to go to whatever lengths necessary to win on Sunday night.

“Cheslin’s charge-down, you don’t see that often – somebody chasing a lost cause,” the Bok coach added.

“We were exposed a few times, but the players’ scrambling and effort were enormous.”

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