By Nick Mentioned
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa captain Eben Etzebeth says the group chosen for his or her Rugby Championship opener in opposition to Australia at Ellis Park on Saturday isn’t second-string compared to the one despatched to New Zealand.
Coach Rassie Erasmus has despatched nearly a whole second group to Wellington this week forward of their July 27 conflict in opposition to the All Blacks, containing principally gamers who would usually be thought of first-choice choices.
But Etzebeth, who leads the group within the absence of injured common skipper Siya Kolisi, says the notion that the gamers chosen to face Australia make up a watered-down Bok aspect is unsuitable.
“There’s not a lot distinction between the fellows right here and people on their solution to New Zealand,” Etzebeth instructed reporters on Friday. “It is a robust group we’ve got picked and I’ve a number of confidence in them to get a win.
“It is a World Cup 12 months and it’s about getting the appropriate combos, taking a look at who’s in type and never. We wish to win the take a look at match and see how the plans of the final three or 4 weeks have come collectively.”
Etzebeth additionally backed loose-forward Rynhardt Elstadt and rookie scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies to impress on their debuts, having performed with each for the Stormers in Tremendous Rugby.
“Rynhardt is hard. There’s not rather more I can say. He went away to France with out Bok expertise and labored his method into the squad. He’s only a powerful character, I’ve by no means performed in opposition to him, however individuals who have inform me that.”
Jantjies’ rise from obscurity to being in World Cup competition in a matter of months has been one among tales of the 2019 season.
“I spoke to him a number of weeks again and requested him the place he was this time final 12 months. He instructed me he was nearly within the (home) Currie Cup combine, beginning on the bench (for Western Province),” Etzebeth mentioned.
“To now be in competition for a World Cup place is wonderful. Being there with the Stormers this 12 months and watching him develop (in Tremendous Rugby), having not identified who he was initially of the season … he is a good scrumhalf.”
Etzebeth added that Kolisi was nonetheless having an affect on the aspect, at the same time as he works his method again from a severe knee damage.
“He’s busy together with his health, however he’s working exhausting off the sphere,” he mentioned. “He’s giving his enter, taking notes at coaching and giving suggestions in our group conferences.”
The Boks are unbeaten at dwelling in opposition to Australia in eight years, and haven’t misplaced to the Wallabies at Ellis Park since 1963, however Etzebeth believes that counts for little.
“For us, it’s one other take a look at match tomorrow, we are going to simply give our all to win,” he mentioned. “I don’t have a look at previous outcomes, it’s about what you do within the current.”
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