The weather conditions in Japan have dominated the news coming out of the different camps, with teams employing different tactics to best prepare for the effects the hot and humid conditions could have on performance throughout the tournament.
The Boks were the first team to arrive in Japan ahead of their final warm-up game against the hosts in an attempt to acclimatise, and coach Rassie Erasmus also admitted that they had deliberately played with less possession to prepare for their opener against New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday.
According to Louw, the preparation they’ve put in this year has been very different to the previous two World Cups.
“The preparation has been remarkably different for me. I wasn’t initially involved in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup 2011; I was a late inclusion in that side,” he said.