Yet the former Lions coach prefers to stay mum on whether his son, Ruan, and the bustling Jaco Kriel deserved a look-in.
The irony of Rassie Erasmus’ sudden depth is that the first-choice XV for the World Cup is looking murkier.
Coach Rassie Erasmus is a bit conflicted on the gritty nature of the Rugby Championship this year.
Yet despite their dramatic late heroics, coach Rassie Erasmus still believe they were a tad lucky against the All Blacks.
Two big men and a more diminutive one lead the way as Herschel Jantjies and Kwagga Smith cement their spots at international level.
Herschel Jantjies is once again the hero as the South Africans rattle the world champions.

Four things the Springboks need to do to beat the All Blacks

Ironically, Rassie Erasmus’ troops don’t need to produce anything fancy to topple their mighty opponents again.

Springboks will go out ‘guns blazing’, warns Duane

Meanwhile, the customarily calm All Blacks point out the threat posed by Kwagga Smith.

#TBT: The night Frans Steyn’s boot haunted the All Blacks

And Handre Pollard warns the New Zealanders that history might repeat itself this weekend in Wellington.

Kwagga starts as Springboks pick another captain

Duane Vermeulen is the latest candidate to take the reins as Rassie Erasmus decides to use new sensation Herschel Jantjies as impact player against the All Blacks.

Whiteley’s daring plan to squeak into the Springboks’ World Cup squad

It’s certainly going to be a nail-biting few weeks for the unlucky Lions skipper.

All Blacks fired up for Springbok World Cup rehearsal

While talk in die New Zealand camp is bullish, the South Africans are keeping their words low key.

Wise ‘Flo’ has two new Springbok heroes he’s worshipping

Ironically, the experienced if somewhat underappreciated flanker himself is doing heroic deeds in the Green-and-Gold.

Why Frans Steyn is fully invested in the Springboks again

The enigmatic 32-year-old utility back’s impact on the Ellis Park was dramatic. That says something.

Springbok player ratings: Heroic Herschel, sublime subs

It’s a Jantjies show at Ellis Park as Rassie Erasmus’ whole bench adds value.

Rassie: Marvellous Herschel mirrored Springboks’ performance

The pragmatic national coach believes a thrilling Ellis Park win was decided on individual brilliance, rather than teamwork.

New hero Herschel inspires as Springboks tame Wallabies

Mission accomplished for Rassie Erasmus as many of his selections pay off at Ellis Park.

WATCH: If Herschel can deal with this prank, he can deal with the Aussies

More glowing praise for the Springboks’ newest scrumhalf as the Rugby Championship starts.

How becoming more chilled made Rynhardt Elstadt a Springbok

Rassie Erasmus’ latest new cap isn’t the bruiser from his Stormers days anymore … and it’s opened many doors.

‘You need to take chances’ – Three takeaways from the Springbok team

Rassie Erasmus explains why his side as a ‘B-team’ look and why Jesse Kriel is now a senior player.


 


 

 


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