Boks call on scrumhalf Faf de Klerk for France test

Faf de Klerk has been nominated for the World Rugby Player of the Year award for 2018

South African head coach Rassie Erasmus had a little fun in training this week, following his sides narrow 12-11 loss to England in their first November worldwide of the year.

Springbok centre Damian de Allende says the team is very focused in the build-up to the Test against France in Paris on Saturday night.

Twickenham last weekend early in the second half with a foot injury. The infamous tackle has the world of rugby divided.

South Africa's squad will also be boosted by the addition of their overseas-based players, who missed the England loss as the game fell outside of the designated worldwide window.

Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux are two of six overseas-based Springboks who joined the squad in Paris on Monday now that the worldwide window is open.


It was always going to be a big ask for two youngsters with limited Test experience to get the job done at Twickenham, but Erasmus said after the match that he was pleased with what he saw. "Eben looks pretty bad", Erasmus told reporters.

We will never forget the disco lights and colour-coded boards at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein when Erasmus was in charge of the Cheetahs.

After Sbu Nkosi gave another strong display at the weekend‚ Kolbe's starting place is not guaranteed on the right wing while Wilco Louw was good off the bench against England meaning Koch is unlikely to feature this weekend.

"World Rugby always sets standards and as the Springboks we always make sure we keep up with and follow those standards", said Stick.

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