The Springboks start the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in France when they open their Rugby Championship campaign against Australia at Loftus at the weekend, and in terms of selection and strategy we should expect a replay of 2019.

The Bok team that thumped Australia 35-17 at Ellis Park in a similar game in 2019 only featured six starting players that also started the World Cup final four months later. The reason for the mix-and-match selection was similar to now. The Boks played the All Blacks in Wellington a week later, and then coach Rassie Erasmus elected to save the bulk of the first-choice team for that game...

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