DURBAN – Monday the Rugby World Cup squads began pouring into Japan - nine days after the Springboks were by some margin the earliest competing nation to rock up - and you have to think that the South Africans have thus stolen a march on the opposition.
The early arrival to facilitate a warm-up game and thorough acclimatisation could well prove to be another masterstroke by Rassie Erasmus, the latest shrewd strategy from a coach that this year has always been a step ahead of his counterparts.
It would be fair comment that it was Erasmus’ forward thinking that won the Boks the Rugby Championship earlier this year, their first silverware since 2009.
The Springbok bus pulls up outside their hotel in Seki, Japan, after a 25 hour trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. 🇿🇦✈️🚄🚎🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/bPIf27NHaR— Springboks (@Springboks) August 31, 2019