Bok Rugby News: Brits likely to make Bok return in Newlands Test

Springbok coach, Rassie Erasmus has indicated that veteran hooker, Schalk Brits could be making a return to Test rugby at Newlands on Saturday.

South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series against England, following another come-from-behind victory in Bloemfontein, running off 23-12 victors.

Having been hauled out of retirement by Erasmus, who called him up to the squad in the lead-up to the second Test, Brits was not included in the matchday 23 but may find himself returning to action at what used to be his hunting ground back in his Stormers days, Newlands.


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“Schalk Brits will come into reckoning for this game, yes, whether that’s in a starting role or on the bench,” Erasmus told reporters.

“I think in your key positions in previous World Cups – your nine, 10, hooker, No five lock and 15 – that’s where you want to be sure that if two or three guys suddenly go down that you have those reserves.

“New Zealand played with five different flyhalves in the 2011 World Cup, so Schalk will be one of those guys we want to test somewhere.”

Erasmus also revealed that the 37-year-old had made an indication that he was set to finally hang up his boots after the Newlands Test, but is seen as a possibility for the squad going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“I really think Schalk is the kind of guy who can play until he’s 38,” Erasmus added.

“I think playing one more season wouldn’t be impossible. We just have to take stock, but if we have to press on his number for the World Cup, we’ll definitely make a plan around that.”


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The former Saracens hooker was brought into the squad as cover, following the unavailability of Bismarck du Plessis, who was ruled out of the series with injury.

Stormers number two, Bongi Mbonambi has started in the two previous Tests, with Akker van der Merwe coming on from the bench, while Chiliboy Ralepelle the other option in the middle of the front row.

The Springboks also received another boost in the position this week, with the Lions declaring Malcolm Marx fit to return to action after a long injury lay off.


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