The Rugby World Cup final was only three weeks ago but with the New Zealand Super Rugby squads already announced and the SA launch for 2020 edition on Thursday, the focus is quickly switching towards the next four-year cycle.

The imminent challenge for SA’s national director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and the Springbok coaching staff is next year’s Rugby Championship and beyond that the British and Irish Lions, but there are one or two positions he will be wanting to develop depth in for the next Rugby World Cup in 2023.

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