It would be interesting to find out from Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus what he’d prefer as he heads into the international season — the scenario he faces now where some of his players are low on game time, or the one that presented itself to Jake White in 2007.

He faces a demanding balancing act over the next few weeks.

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