Springboks

Rassie talks up Scotland's 3 South African 'friends'

Josh Strauss
Josh Strauss

Cape Town - There are three South African-born players in the Scotland squad that will take on the Springboks in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Allan Dell, WP Nel and Josh Strauss are all in coach Gregor Townsend's squad as Scotland look to beat the Boks for the first time since 2010. 

Whenever the Boks are in Europe they find themselves up against opponents who were born in SA and moved abroad, and this weekend will be no different. 

"I know WP really well from our Western Province days and what they’ve done is just like CJ Stander did in Ireland. It’s a trend that that’s the way world rugby is going to go," Erasmus said on Monday.

"I’m very happy for them. We’d like to beat them, but they are friends of ours. We don’t hate them."

Erasmus is also familiar with Scotland coach Townsend, with the pair having clashed in the then-PRO12 when Erasmus was with Munster and Townsend with Glasgow. 

"Gregor Townsend is someone I coached against four times in a season and none of them were easy games," Erasmus said.

"I know how he coaches and his style is definitely about producing a fit and well-organised team – a team that can test you in all facets of the game. I’ve coached against him a lot to know this is going to be a tough Test."

Kick-off on Saturday is at 19:20 (SA time). 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 9983 votes
Cricket
11% - 2679 votes
Football
19% - 4524 votes
Athletics
2% - 592 votes
Boxing
1% - 223 votes
Cycling
2% - 552 votes
Golf
5% - 1176 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1993 votes
Tennis
3% - 805 votes
Water sports
1% - 212 votes
American sports
1% - 297 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 765 votes
Vote