✅ Breaking News – South Africa step up preparations for final autumn international

✅ Breaking News – South Africa step up preparations for final autumn international
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South Africa warmed up for their final Northern hemisphere tour match against Wales with an intensive training session.Springboks’ coach Rassie Erasmus warned his squad, who have beaten Scotland and France and lost by a single point to England, that Wales will be their toughest test yet.  He praised Gatland’s attempts at building greater depth within his squad to cope with the attritional demands of a World Cup.  Share this article Share ‘They gave Scotland a comfortable beating and they beat Australia,’ Erasmus said. ‘It will be a tough match.’We had four tough matches on this tour, and although we lost against England, I think this is the toughest one.’What I can see clearly in this cycle is the way he (Wales head coach Warren Gatland) is building depth for the World Cup.’Those of us who have been at World Cups know that you might feel you have the most solid squad in the world, but two months before it you lose two 10s or nines, and all of a sudden you are in trouble.’He seems to be having three proper nines and 10s, different guys who can play 15, a good front-row and back-up in vital positions. I rate him as a coach. He is building a quality squad with Wales.’Wales have recorded eight successive wins, including a 22-20 triumph against South Africa in Washington DC five months ago.Erasmus also declared that their no clear favourite for next year’s World Cup, which will be played in Japan.He pointed to recent results achieved against New Zealand as evidence of how open the competition currently is. ‘I think it (World Cup) will be an open race next year,’ added Erasmus.’We saw what happened with Ireland beating New Zealand. We managed to pip New Zealand, Scotland almost had New Zealand last year and England almost had them this month.’The clear favourites are New Zealand and Ireland, but Wales are one of those teams hovering there – almost the silent assassin at this stage.’  Share this article Share
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