Springbok Showdown squads announced

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A blend of World Cup-winning Springboks, Blitzboks stars and Junior Boks prospects have been named in two 25-man squads for the Springbok Showdown trial match to be held next week.
11:11am, 26 September 2020

A blend of World Cup-winning Springboks, Blitzboks sevens stars and promising Junior Boks prospects have been named in two 25-man squads for the Springbok Showdown trial match to be held in Cape Town next week.

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South Africa Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and newly-appointed Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber selected the two sides in a live draft, the first of its kind in South African rugby history.

Both Erasmus, the coach who guided the Springboks to their third World Cup title in Japan last year, and Nienaber are the commissioners for the two sides, which features a total of 13 players from the world champion Springboks squad.

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Erasmus' Green squad will be coached by Springboks assistant Mzwandile Stick, while Nienaber's Gold team will be led by former Southern Kings coach Deon Davids.

"The draft picks exercise was a refreshing way to select the two squads for the game," Erasmus said.

"Myself, Jacques and the coaches thoroughly enjoyed the exercise, but the tension of picking squads on live television wasn't good for the nerves……
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