“We probably can’t just take a first-choice team straight to New Zealand because we have a lot of guys that haven’t played for a lot of weeks,” Erasmus said.
“We will probably juggle the squad in terms of how we split the two teams playings against Australia and New Zealand to make sure the two teams are pretty competitive.”
Erasmus said captain Siya Kolisi was likely to miss the first two Tests due to a niggling knee injury and expected him to make his return for the final Rugby Championships match against Argentina in Salta.
“We are going a bit more conservative with Siya to make sure he is ready for the World Cup which is the most important tournament of the year.
“He is getting his scan results on Friday then we will take it from there.”
The Bok mentor said in the best-case scenario case, Kolisi will be back for the clash against South Americans.
“We will see what the return-to-play protocol will be,” he said.
“He will probably play one or two Currie Cup games and then get back to Test match rugby hopefully in that last Argentina game if these tests are positive.”