KAGOSHIMA – Rassie Erasmus says the Springboks are now fully immersed in the excitement as the Rugby World Cup draws nearer.
The Director of Rugby was talking at the team’s press conference in Kagoshima, Japan, on Friday.
“This morning when we got up you could feel the change,” said Erasmus.“We were on Rugby World Cup buses rather than City of Kagoshima buses, the liaison officers were wearing Rugby World Cup shirts, we had accreditation round our necks to get into the training ground so you could definitely feel a shift in atmosphere."
The Springboks will transfer from their training base in the south-east corner of Japan on Saturday to Tokyo where they will be greeted at an official welcome ceremony in Urayusu City.
It will mark the beginning of the next stage – match-week against New Zealand – in a carefully mapped campaign by Springbok management.