CAPE TOWN – Maybe Damian Willemse missing out on the World Cup isn’t the worst thing for his career.
Don’t get me wrong, he should be there. He should have been in the mix. But Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has hinted that that won’t be the case.
Following the Boks’ 23-18 win over Argentina in their “farewell Test” at Loftus over the weekend, Erasmus spoke about Willemse, Aphiwe Dyantyi and Warren Whiteley’s chances of catching that flight to Japan, saying the fact that none of them have played any Test rugby this year would make it “tough” to slot in in such a big year.
“Certain guys you just fast track. We are really fast-tracking Siya (Kolisi) in a big way. From 50 minutes of Currie Cup into Test match rugby, because he is our captain. It is a special case,” Erasmus said. “But with other guys it is just tough to go from one game against Griquas into Test match rugby and playing against the All Blacks. It is the same with a guy like Aphiwe Even with how good he is, he has not really played.
“Both of those guys and even a guy like Whiteley, because the squad is getting announced on 26 August, I just see it as tough for them to."