Rassie will have close eye on Europe this weekend

Rassie Erasmus (Gallo)
Rassie Erasmus (Gallo)

Cape Town - Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus will be watching this weekend's French Top 14 semi-finals with a fair amount of interest.

There are a number of South Africans expected to be involved, and with Erasmus set to name his squad for the June Internationals this Saturday, this will be the last chance for some of the overseas contenders to prove their worth ahead of the international season.

On Friday night, Montpellier host Lyon. 

Of particular interest to South African rugby fans will be the performances of hooker Bismarck du Plessis and centre Frans Steyn

Both players are expected to be a part of Erasmus's plans this year and Du Plessis has become even more important to the Bok cause now that Malcolm Marx has been ruled out of the June Tests with injury.

Steyn, meanwhile, last played a Test for South Africa in June last year and his versatility means he can provide experienced cover at flyhalf, centre and fullback. 

Jannie du Plessis is also at Montpellier, while a dark horse for a return to the Bok set-up for June could be scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar

Locks Paul Willemse and Nico Janse van Rensburg, fullback Henry Immelman and flank Wiaan Liebenberg have also featured for Montpellier this season, but less regularly. 

Lyon also boast a number of South Africans who could feature - Deon Fourie, Etienne Oosthuizen and Francois van der Merwe - but none of those players are expected to come into the Springbok equation. 

In Saturday's second semi-final between Racing 92 and Castres, Erasmus would have been hoping to get a kook at Pat Lambie

A knee injury, though, has ruled Lambie out for a long time and he will not be part of the Bok set-up this year. 

Over in England, meanwhile, the Aviva Premiership final will be contested between Exeter and Saracens. 

Prop Vincent Koch and hooker Schalk Brits will turn out for Saracens, while there are no South Africans in the Exeter ranks.

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
loading... Live
Everton 0
Leeds United 1
loading... Live
Western Province 20
Bulls 22
loading... Live
Wales 13
England 24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
42% - 10057 votes
11% - 2700 votes
19% - 4546 votes
2% - 595 votes
1% - 226 votes
2% - 553 votes
5% - 1185 votes
8% - 1997 votes
3% - 810 votes
Water sports
1% - 213 votes
American sports
1% - 298 votes
3% - 771 votes