Rassie: There will be changes for Bloemfontein

2018-06-12 08:30
Rassie Erasmus (Gallo Images)
Rassie Erasmus (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Despite having pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in their history, the Springboks could go into Saturday's second Test against England in Bloemfontein with a couple of changes to their starting line-up. 

That was confirmed by coach Rassie Erasmus on Monday as he spoke about the importance of trying new things between now and the Rugby World Cup next year. 

The Boks have come through the first Test against England unscathed from an injury perspective, but Erasmus is still looking to make "subtle" alterations. 

"It is very tempting to stick with the same guys and give us the best chance of winning on Saturday," Erasmus said.

"Obviously we want to win, but we'll have to try a few things.

"After this game there are only 16 matches left to that World Cup. 

"Week by week we will have to try new things and this week again. It won't be major changes in the team but there will be one, two or three subtle changes."

One of those changes could see hooker Schalk Brits come into the matchday 23 at the expense of Akker van der Merwe. 

Read more on:    springboks  |  rassie erasmus  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Saturday, 24 November 2018
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 17:00
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 19:20
Saturday, 21 September 2019
New Zealand v South Africa, Yokohama International Stadium 11:45
Saturday, 28 September 2019
South Africa v Namibia, City of Toyota Stadium 11:45
Friday, 04 October 2019
South Africa v Italy, Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA 11:45
Tuesday, 08 October 2019
South Africa v TBC, NOEVIR Stadium Kobe 12:15
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Which of the five nominees for 2018 World Rugby Player of the Year deserves the award most?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.