JOHANNESBURG – South African rugby fans can start getting excited. The week-in, week-out, same-old, same-old of Super Rugby is finally over and now we can all look ahead to what the Springboks will dish up this year - firstly in the Rugby Championship, and then at the World Cup.
The larger training squad has been picked and everyone who should be in the frame is there, with a handful of injured men set to possibly make a late push for inclusion in the final squad of 31. Here we think of Warren Whiteley, Damian Willemse and maybe Jan Serfontein and Dan du Preez.
Everyone else who should be there is there and rugby fans can rest easy in the knowledge Rassie Erasmus has so far got it right.
Anticipation is now high for the season to kick-off and in just a few days’ time that will happen when the Springboks host the Wallabies in the opening match of this year’s shortened Rugby Championship. Each team will play each other only once before a winner is crowned.
There’s not a lot of time then for Erasmus to achieve what he wants before finalising his squad and heading to the World Cup. He’ll no doubt have a few things on his wish list to tick off over the course of the next three games and, starting this weekend, first up will be to get off to a strong and commanding start.