Cape Town - Springbok coach Allister Coetzee
said he is happy to have a fully fit squad to choose from for the Springboks’
Outgoing Tour opener against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Eben Etzebeth, who
sustained an ankle niggle during a recent training camp, will lead the Springboks against Ireland in the first of four Tests
on tour, which also includes matches against France,
Italy and Wales.
Coetzee also explained the
Springboks’ approach towards the coming month-long tour.
"Our mindset is that it’s not the end of year tour –
this tour is about making sure we improve as a group
and keep on growing as a team, while also staying on course with our 2019 plan," he said.
"This is an important tour for us
and our standard of play has to be at the level of our last match against New
Zealand in Cape Town."
The Springbok coach also spoke
very highly of the Irish side.
really a top-class side with an experienced
coaching team and quality players. There is no doubt we have to be at our best
on Saturday," he said.
"Our ability to adapt to the
conditions, and how we want to play, will be tested. I know that up here
(northern hemisphere) there will be many contests, and the aerial bombardment
will be one it.
"In that respect Ireland have a
great weapon in their halfback pair as both are prolific kickers, and as a
combination, they are world-class. It will be
important to win the many small battles and our focus will be to improve
execution in all departments."
The Springbok team to face Ireland
will be named on Thursday.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 19:30.